ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The critically acclaimed composer Kenji Bunch will cook up his trademark stew of traditional American music and European classical forms at today’s Chatter Sunday.
Bunch’s work for chamber ensemble, orchestra and ballet often incorporates elements of hip-hop, jazz, bluegrass and funk. At Chatter, he’ll perform his “Cookbook for Clarinet and Piano” on the viola with his wife, the concert pianist Monica Ohuchi, and Chatter clarinetist James Shields.
The title reflects both Bunch’s love of cooking and music, two pastimes he sees as creatively connected. The simmering titles of each movement – “Smokehouse,” “Bubbles,” “Heirloom” and “La última noche en la casa del flamenco” – hint at the whimsical romp to come.