Cuisine française

Storytelling concert
Gérard Grisey describes his Talea, ou la machine et les herbes folles as weeds or herbs overgrowing a machine. It is an emblematic masterpiece by one of the founding fathers of spectralism, a way of composing finding it’s origins in a long french tradition.

Travelling back to the roots we encounter Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, with their fascination for fragrant harmonies. In the 18th century, with his Traité de l’harmonie réduite à ses principes naturels, Jean-Philippe Rameau prepares the ingredients which were carefully cultivated in 12th century Paris by Perotinus. Naturalness, found in the composition of sound itself, and gradual, subtle transformations of flavour constitute the basic recipe.

Claude Vivier lards in Bouchara a love song in an imaginary language with strings and winds. Luc Brewaeys Luc Brewaeys equally developed his highly idiosyncratic palette in the french spectral kitchen. In Painted Pyramids he garnishes his piano solo piece Pyramids in Siberia with five additional instruments and live electronics.

SPECTRA plays, narrates and thus reveals the culinary secrets.
Check recipe
Prepare ingredients
Subtly spice

Programme & credits


Gérard Grisey (1946-1998)
Talea (1985-1986)

Luc Brewaeys (1959-2015)
Painted Pyramids (2006-2008)

Claude Vivier (1948-1983)
Bouchara (1981)


SPECTRA conducted by Filip Rathé
Hanne Roos, soprano
Filip Rathé, chef de cuisine


Saturday 12 October 2019, 20:00
Antwerpen, deSingel