Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose - Homage to Gertrude Stein
'Rose...' draws on the famous recipes and writings of Alice B. Toklas - namely The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, on literary material of writer Gertrude Stein and on Solo for Gertrude suite composed by highly acclaimed Austrian composer Elisabeth Harnik, devised and performed by the ensemble. Amplified sounds produced by the live cooking are an integral part of the performance.
Alison Blunt (UK), Elisabeth Harnik (AT), Gina Mattiello (AT) and Heidi Richter (AT) first created and performed Rose..., a live cooking, music and text work to celebrate International Women's Day 2012 in the historic space of Kulturpension Prenning, Styria in Austria. Rose... was extremely well-received by an audience largely new to contemporary art music and the four felt mutually inspired by the experience of creating and performing together. A 2nd performance took place at Echoraum, Vienna in April this year and the ensemble were delighted to have the opportunity to tour Rose... in England in July thanks to the English national charity for new music Sound and Music who supported the tour through their funding programme.