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A Journey Through Asia ft. Tze n Looking Glass

When my wife invited me down to the latest event at Coriander Leaf, my initial reaction was one of skepticism:
“So we are going to have a food, wine and music, all paired together?”
The idea was certainly novel but I’m glad to say it worked a charm. The 4-piece ensemble named Tze n Looking Glass was comprised of a jazz alto sax, bass accoustic guitar, Indian violin and keyboard, played original compositions self-described as “contemporary fusion…bringing together film score, jazz, Chinese/Indian and European classical music.”
Sound was matched with signature Coriander Leaf bites featuring Middle Eastern, South East Asian and South Asian cuisines. And, finally, the wine.
Yes, it was a wine pairing dinner on top of all of the above.
When events are this complex, they often end up confused or being too “try hard”; complexity is a difficult to get right after all and often borders on confusion. For example, I never understood the concept of cafes which doubled up as shopping galleries / grooming studios / massage parlours. Would I really go to a cafe to have a coffee and, coffee in hand, browse through the hand bag collection? Perhaps the analogy isn’t apt – but it’s the best one I can think off to show that complex concepts sometimes do not work.
On this occasion though, I’m pleased to say it worked brilliantly. Here are some photos of the event.
All images captured with the Olympus OMD E-M1 // Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 DG Summilux and Sony A7r // Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM.

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