Michelin-starred restaurant creates symphony of flavors with new gastro-musical
Friday 18 February 2011
A Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain is hoping to elevate the concept of dinner and a show to new gastronomic heights.
Consistently ranked as one of the top restaurants in the world, Mugaritz, in the Basque region of Spain, has launched a "gastro-musical" project called Mugaritz BSO that will replace the din of clanging cutlery with a soundtrack set to accompany each course.
In its latest project, the restaurant aims to create a sophisticated dinner theater experience that fuses two emotionally-charged pleasures: music and gastronomy.
Under the direction of chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, Mugaritz was awarded two Michelin stars, and was ranked fifth in the world by Restaurant Magazine in 2010.
The three-year collaboration took musician Felipe Ugarte as far as Ethiopia and Peru in search of the sounds and melodies that would accompany the Mugaritz menu. Ugarte is known for playing the Txalaparta, an old, traditonal Basque instrument made of wood and played with batons.
Each track was composed after studying the history, techniques, ingredients and "philosophy" of every dish and will be recorded both an on album and in a book.
A documentary recording the progress of Mugaritz BSO is also in the works and will follow the project from the restaurant kitchen, music studio and travels abroad.
Though musical dinner theater has been around for a while in various incarnations - opera singers serenading diners and waiters who break out in show tunes as they serve meals - Mugaritz promises original compositions created to pair with each meal like a fine wine.
The restaurant is scheduled to open for the season April 13.
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