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Jakob Bro / Thomas Morgan / Jakob Mielcke: Copenhagen, Denmark, July 9, 2012

By Published: August 3, 2012
To this focus and this kind of reception, the audience started a bit uncomfortably, gradually opening up to the experience and becoming increasingly drawn in by the small but rich bits of bites and drinks. Eyes and mouth, hands, lips and tongue, nose and ears were stimulated more and more intensively: looking at the food creation—imagining the taste, then sensing and tasting it; experiencing the forces and feeling the effects. The heaviest sensations took place internally; it literally proved to be mind-blowing—increasingly so. It was not only the unfolding of the flavors of the actual piece of food or liquid, but just the composite of the succession, the flow and timing of the flavors: eating with your eyes, ears and mouth; listening with your tongue. Awareness of music and sound frequently lowered, smell and taste proved to be the strongest sensations. Concerning sound, flavor and taste, they all had one thing in common: delicate balancing was essential and irreproducible. It was fascinating and sense-sharpening to experience it in both dimensions and in interaction with each other.

Nature and Being

Flavors and tastes draw us in and guide us—similar to sound—when we walk or stroll through our environment. We live by it. For Mielcke, this is an essential biographical experience. We had a stimulating discussion about the tastes and sounds of varieties of snow and ice and over his early attraction to the taste of beech-leaves in early spring. "An important characteristic of my cuisine is my obsession with nature. It is essential to me to pull as much organic wilderness as possible into my cuisine. By observing nature, the style of our food almost becomes self-evident. It is organic and playful—in the moment, always looking towards the future, respectful of the past."

Mielcke also emphasized the transitional and imaginative aspect of the creation and enjoyment of food. "Food is a way for me to communicate emotions and tell stories. To reach people and move them. It...only works when vulnerability is present. Taking people on a gastronomic journey around the palate and playing with the senses. The elements of nature in a series of organic impressions and tales transformed onto your plate."

Both musicians were highly sensitive to these dimensions in their very own ways. Morgan demonstrated an extraordinary sense of the relativity and solidarity of sound and a special sensitivity of finding the right expression of it. Bro possessed a heightened sense of deep structure, the inherent powers of simple themes to unfold, and for the burning qualities of understated sounds. In that sense, all three performers relied confidently on (and experienced) the power of nature and their own shaping capacities. The effect of this palate-music lasted for hours, for days in the mouth and mind.

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