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The Music of Meringue Diplomacy



Meringue Diplomacy is an experimental video documentary on the life of Antonin Carême, the recognized founder of French grande cuisine, produced and directed by Terri Hanlon, with Eric Barsness, Jacques Bekaert and Carol Clements. The music coordinator is composer David Behrman. See our ARTonAIR Interview series with a conversation with the filmmakers. In this segment we feature the musical soundtrack with several selections by David Behrman plus music by Jacques Bekaert with Jenny Lin on piano, Barbara Held playing flute and FX, John King with the ETHEL String Quartet, two works by Laetitia Sonami for her ladies glove, a song by Maria Ludovici, and a waltz by Jon Gibson: In Good Company.

 

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The object of this series is to invite emerging and established innovators to share their work. These programs are usually a combination of an interview with a far-reaching perspective on the artist's career, some recordings illustrating this history, and something new. Open territory. The unfortunate and unintended messages that come attached to a title like Experimental Composers are many. Still it is one of the few labels to come out of the world of music that has not been co-opted by promoters, corporations, journalists, or lawyers. This one just seems to have anti-market goo on it. Hooray. It's also just bad English (as if to imply that these poor souls are themselves, in their flesh and blood, some kind of experiment and, perhaps, even expendable). And then there is the spectre of defying the wisdom of the great Edgar Varèse who said something like, "I do not write experimental music. My experimenting is done before I make the music. Afterwards it is the listener who must experiment."
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