"Music to Chew On" is a piece of music about mindful eating, written for 12 singers and audience. I append the words "and audience" because the audience plays the crucial role of actually doing the chewing. Seven simple foods are eaten slowly and mindfully over the course of the 15-minute piece (bread, grape, celery, peanut butter, raisin, pecan and rice) and a "lead chewer" sits in front, showing by demonstration which food is to be eaten when. The musical accompaniment provided by the voices is intended to engage with the process of eating each food, creating a vehicle through which the foods can be more fully experienced.
The above performance took place on the CCRMA stage at Stanford University on 2/27/11.