CHLOE'S MIDNIGHT FEAST
The Story Behind The Piano Piece
I met Chloe in Los Angeles.
It happened while I was driving around along the California coast,
filming a travel & food TV series.
A some of you may know,
there is a strong connection between music and food.
Musicians are often obsessed with food,
and I get the impression that chefs are often just as obsessed with music.
Chefs and musicians go well together.
So through my enthusiasm for food – and storytelling –
I somehow stumbled into hosting a travel & food TV series
for the Norwegian food channel Matkanalen. I traveled around
meeting chefs, farmers and food entrepreneurs who do things a bit differently.
Passionate and innovative people. Originals.
Chloe was one of them.
Her speciality is lobsters.
She invited us to film at her home on Venice Beach, where under lantern lights in the backyard,
she served the most delicious lobsters to me and her friends.
As the lobsters were boiling in the kitchen, we took a walk around her living room.
She showed me drawings and various furniture that once belonged to her late grandfather.
Her grandfather loved to do what she was doing that night:
Gathering friends and family around food.
Her grandfather was special. Just as Chloe is.
Warm, funny, generous and hospitable. Creative.
I asked about memories from her childhood.
She told me that as as child, the kids would sometimes
be awakened in the middle of the night, and taken out into the living room.
There the candles had been lit,
and the table set.
For a midnight feast.
In an almost dreamlike state,
imagine a long table filled with wonderful food, candles, people you love
– and music.
There are fairy tales – and then there is real life.
But there is also something in-between.
Chloe's last name is Dahl.
Grandchild of Roald Dahl.
My piano piece Chloe's Midnight Feast
was inspired by the images that Chloe put into my head.
It is dedicated to Chloe and Roald,
in gratitude for the magic that I have received from the both.
«IHLEBÆK NOT ONLY SUCCEEDS MONUMENTALLY WITH HIS LULLABY INTERPRETATIONS, BUT CREATES A PIANO ALBUM OF NEOCLASSICAL EXCELLENCE»
- Deutschlandfunk Kultur
(Nation-wide German radio)
CHLOE'S MIDNIGHT FEAST
Images Behind the Music
Visual inspiration is often vital for me in writing music. I may be be inspired by a real-life experience or a story, like the one Chloe told me. But in addition it may also be art, a photo, something I read, a dream or a fantasy. In the case of Chloe's Midnight Feast, there were so many ideas and pictures floating around in my mind.
However, there was especially one image that really stuck out – and stuck with me – through the whole writing process, which was this piece by the artist Veronica Normann Jenssen. She lets you imagine stories – or a fairy tale – in a single painting. These lights were waltzing through the woods, Chloe's childhood home and around in my head the whole time.
And now, I assume... in yours.