The idea of pairing Music and Eno-gastronomy dates back to 2010, when Edizioni Menabò produced “La Viuletta”, a CD featuring Giacomo di Tollo, Nunzio Fazzini and Valentina Paolini, that included classical music from Abruzzo.
The CD was noticed by Vincenzo’s
Plate, an Australian video producing house, specialised in food and wine from Abruzzo, that used compositions from this CD for a TV-series.
This was because some compositions contained in the CD were inspired by some specific wines; this former idea was further developed by performing the “Canzoniere Gastronomico D’Abruzzo”, a collection of compositions by Antonio Piovano, which are based on traditional recipes. The performance was organised in 2012 by Dora Sarchese, a wine-producer and restaurant, that paired these compositions to the recipes for its customers; later on Vincenzo’s plate organised concerts on the Trabocchi (fisherman’s shelters), a really interesting feature of the Abruzzo’s coastline, apt to host instrumental music concerts.
These seminal experiences was focused on music, recipes and wine from the “Abruzzo” region. Conversely, in our current project we want to extend our approach by focussing on wine only, selecting wines from a wider geographical range, and developing the musical part by investigating the relationships between a specific wine and some musical compositions or anecdotes that shows some relations to the wines. Some examples are as follows:
- Tosca by Puccini is based on the drama “La Tosca” by Sardou: in the first act of this drama, the servants in the Church discusses about the wine to be given to Cavaradossi. The wine is “Gragnano”. Hence, a concert based on a selection from Tosca is to be performed, and at the same time, Gragnano is to be served to people attending the concert
- Johannes Brahms spent his holidays is Wiesbaden, and he wrote that the wine produced in this town was his favourite one. Hence, a selection of Brahms music will be paired to wine from Palatinate.
So far we have the concept ready for 18 concert pairings of wine and musical anecdotes, encompassing a period of more than 400 years, and browsing different musical genres such classical, jazz, pop, contemporary, ethnic, R&B, traditional, sacred, rock and roll. Some more can be added.
A typical soirée is organised as follows. A special wine is identified and temporarily added to the menu. This wine is proposed by the Artistic Director (or by a trained waiter) to customers, jointly with a brief explanation of the musical reasons behind its choice. At the same time, the concert of music showing a relation with this wine is performed.