Cooking with Alice
Multiple Percussion, samples, Max patches
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Cooking with Alice is a work for solo percussion and electronics which celebrates the creative act of cooking. The title of the work refers to Alice Toklas, author Gertrude Stein's lifelong partner and herself the writer of an infamous cookbook. The work features the percussionist at work with various items found in the kitchen (all cooks are de facto percussionists!) and includes audio samples of many famous chefs at work in the kitchen, from Alice Toklas, Julia Child and Alice Waters to the Swedish Chef. Gertrude Stein's words (from the 'Food' section of her work "Tender Buttons") provide the rhythm motives that underlie the entire piece.