Big news out of the Little Feat camp today. To celebrate the band’s upcoming 50th anniversary, they will be hosting the 2019 Ramble On The Island at the luxurious Melia Braco Village, in picturesque Trelawny, Jamaica. The event will span four nights, March 26th-30th, 2019, with four full-nights of music!Joining the host band Little Feat, will be folky-blues queen, Lucinda Williams, and The Midnight Ramble Band, the late Levon Helm’s beloved house band. Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman and New Orleans sensation Anders Osborne will be hanging out and playing as special guests throughout the weekend.Read the announcement post from the band below:Having just completed a great, albeit brief tour on the East Coast, we are now turning our attention to 2019 and the 50th anniversary of the creation of this musical experiment we call Little Feat.It was great to see so many friends at the shows as we traveled through the East Coast. A highlight for sure was playing with moe. and recreating Waiting for Columbus for 15,000 Peach Fest fans in what turned into a massive sing along.We can’t think of a better way to get the 50th Anniversary started on the right foot than by announcing our return to Jamaica March 26-30, 2019 at the Melia Braco Village.This year we will have some of the finest artists from the genre we affectionately call Americana. Of course, it would not be a Ramble without the Midnight Ramble Band. We never tire of their wondrous sound and every time we get to play with them it brings a big smile to our faces. Adding a very distinctive voice this year will be Lucinda Williams and her fabulous band. A three-time Grammy winner, Lucinda will delight us all with her far-reaching repertoire cultivated from more than 30 years of performing around the world. Little Feat will be performing four shows, with Lucinda and the Ramble Band performing three each.As if this wasn’t enough, we will also have the pleasure of two dear friends, Anders Osborne and Vince Herman, who will be playing solo sets and sitting in throughout the week. Anders has been performing recently with Paul and Fred in DeadFeat and we look forward to not only hearing his solo sets, but also his distinctive playing when he sits in with the band. Vince is veteran of several trips to join us in Jamaica and it is always a treat to have him spread his infectious good vibes throughout the event. Suffice it to say, there will a ton of great music being played and the potential for all kinds of collaborations that will be sure to make this trip all the more memorable.!For those of you who have attended prior events in Jamaica, you will be receiving your pre-sale code in an email from Island Gigs by Monday July 30 with the pre-sale taking place Tuesday, July 31 and Wednesday, August 1. If you have not been able to attend a previous Ramble on the Island, we look forward to having you join us this coming March and the public on sale will begin on August 2.Next stop, Jamaica!For more information on reservations and ticket packages, head here.Watch video’s below from Little Feat’s recent collaborative set at Peach Music Festival!Little Feat and Moe.–”Spanish Moon”[Video:RhymanTube]Little Feat and Moe.–”Oh, Atlanta”[Video: Sean Roche]
On Friday night, Phish opened their annual Labor Day weekend run at Commerce City, CO’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with a memorable, highlight-filled performance. In the aftermath of Phish’s first 2018 show at Dick’s, the band has shared pro-shot footage of their mid-first set “Blaze On” from night one.Coming out of an unusually-placed “What’s The Use?”, this “Blaze On” saw Trey Anastasio lean heavily on his delay effect as the band built the song to a smoking peak. This rendition also featured a skillful Page McConnell piano solo (“Blaze on, Leo!”) that energized the sold-out Colorado crowd and audibly amused Trey, as he smiled and laughed through the song’s remaining lyrics. The 12-plus minute “Blaze On” was accented by Chris Kuroda’s lighting magic, as he periodically held the high beams over the energetic field of fans to let the band enjoy the scene from their perch on the stage.You can watch pro-shot footage of Phish’s Dick’s night one “Blaze On” below:Phish – “Blaze On” [Pro-Shot][Video: LivePhish]Phish wraps up their 2018 summer tour tonight with their third and final performance at Dick’s. This October, the band will mount a 14-date fall tour culminating in a four-night Halloween run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. For a full list of Phish’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Below, you can check out a full gallery of photos from Phish’s first 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park show courtesy of photographer Bill McAlaine.Setlist: Phish | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 8/31/18Set 1: Free > Harry Hood, What’s the Use? > Blaze On, Ghost -> Crosseyed and Painless > Simple > CavernSet 2: No Men In No Man’s Land > Carini > Theme From the Bottom > Mercury > LightEncore: Martian Monster > JuliusA full soundboard recording of the show is available via LivePhish.
Folk-rock guitarist Steve Gunn was back in New York City on Friday night with a sold-out show in front of his hometown fans at Bowery Ballroom. The show on Friday was just the second performance of his 2019 winter tour in promotion of his brand new studio album, The Unseen In Between. Gunn had played a trio of more-intimate shows at Brooklyn’s Union Pool back in the fall to work out some of his new material, and spent nearly the entire 11-song set on Friday continuing to explore and familiarize his fans with the songs from The Unseen In Between in wonderful fashion.“This is the third show playing these tunes, we’re working it out,” and honest Gunn told the sold-out venue in regards to some of the new songs which made up the majority of his set. Gunn has amassed an entire songbook of brilliant original material over the last decade, but spent much of Friday focusing on the new material. In typical Gunn fashion, the guitarist calmly arrived on the stage in a casual, blue-collar look to start the show with “Wildwood”, a song from his 2014 Way Out Weather LP. Next came “Vagabond“, one of the lively pre-release singles from The Unseen, followed by two other new tunes in “Chance” and “Lightning Field”. It took Gunn three songs into the set to finally step onto his overdrive pedal, much to the delight of his jam fans in the room on Friday.Related: Steve Gunn Shares Folky Covers Of The Misfits & Michael ChapmanGunn and his co-guitarist for the evening were locked in sync by the time they got to “Lightning Field”, weaving in and around one another with their picking-styled riff lines. Gunn gave fans in attendance a treat by welcoming longtime Bob Dylan bassist, Tony Garnier, to the stage to join him on stand-up bass beginning with “New Moon” and “Luciano”. The full band left the stage during “Stonehurst Cowboy“, and Gunn and Garnier spent the next few minutes playing a duet version of the semi-biographical song about Gunn’s late father.One of the key elements of Gunn’s style of performing and recording which players will surely appreciate, is his emphasis on putting tone over anything else. Gunn even kept his metal fingerpicks on while playing some of the softer tunes on acoustic guitar throughout the show in hopes of giving the timbre of his instruments a sharp and firm personality with each strum.The first real jam of the night came towards the end of his set during “New Familiar” and “Paranoid”, which featured Gunn turning those clean tones of his into a mesmerizing dust storm of distortion and fuzz. The show came to a fantastic end with “Morning Is Mended” and the fan-favorite folk ballad, “Way Out Weather”.Gunn’s winter tour continues on Saturday with a show at Union Transfer in Philadelphia. He’ll continue to tour in promotion of the new album throughout the winter and into the spring months. Fans can head over to his website for ticket and tour info. Fans who couldn’t make it to Friday’s show can also check out the gallery below for photos from the event taken by Tom Shackleford.Setlist: Steve Gunn | Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY | 2/1/2019Set: Wildwood, Vagabond, Chance, Lightning Field, New Moon*, Luciano*, Stonehurst Cowboy*, New Familiar, ParanoidEncore: Morning Is Mended, Way Out Weather*w/ Tony Garnier Load remaining images
Load remaining images I’ve long considered the music I love to be holy and compared going to a great show to attending religious services. But I rarely felt that emotion or thought that thought so viscerally as I did one rainy night last October in Barcelona.Wearing a sports jacket and walking through tiled hallways lined with giant looming statues, I felt a little awkward for a few minutes as I filed into a gallery at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, a rococo 19th century museum, and took my seat surrounded by a room full of new friends also scrubbed up clean for the evening’s formal gala, with guests and artists alike turning in their T-shirts for embroidered Western wear, sequined gowns, and a few tuxedos.Related: Jay Blakesberg & Alan Paul’s IGE 2018 Barcelona Diary: Sala Apolo, Everyone Orchestra, & The Music Of The Grateful Dead [Photos]Centuries-old paintings stared down at us from every angle: gorgeous, gold leaf-framed Catalan royalty. It was easy to imagine them wondering what the heck was going on in their home. They surely saw through our duds into this crew’s mongrel hearts.In the front of the room, the musicians started to file in and perform completely unamplified, their voices, guitars, mandolins, dobros echoing through the marble room. Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Scott Law, Nicki Bluhm, Holly Bowling, Matt Butler, Eric Krasno, Elliott Peck, Jillian Nershi, Greensky Bluegrass’s Anders Beck and Paul Hoffman, the String Cheese Incident’s Bill Nershi, Keith Moseley and Jason Hann all came and went from the front of the room, performing in various groupings for me and my 100 or so lucky fellow travelers. It was the midpoint, more or less, of last year’s IGE trip to Barcelona—a full-bore musical immersion.This was day 5 of 10, I think. Maybe it was day 6. Who’s to say. I could go check the itinerary, but the larger point would be lost; by then, the days and nights were blending together into a holistic whole. The days were no easier to separate than were the activities. Sightseeing. Exploring. Finding different pockets of friends to hang out with in the friendly little tribe. That day had begun with a wonderful guided tour of Sagrada Familia, the renowned, appropriately trippy cathedral designed by architect Antoni Gaudi early last century that remains under construction. I toured it in a smaller group with Moseley, Hann and their wives. The night before, we had been treated to a private flamenco guitar and dance performance in a 16th-century barroom. The next night we’d all be at the large Apolo club for the week’s single open-to-the-public performance, which would see the trip’s musicians collaborating with like-minded Spaniards. After that, we’d take over the Harlem Jazz Club, down a cobblestone street for an Eric Krasno trio performance featuring Hann and The New Mastersounds bassist Peter Shand. One cool thing after another, unforgettable nights and days blending together into an unforgettable whole.“It’s a wonderful opportunity to see cities and really get deep into them,” says Grahame Lesh, who was in Barcelona last year and in Venice with IGE the prior year, and who will be in Lisbon with them this October. “I’ve visited them, but we don’t have an opportunity to see the music scene of the city, to see the Grateful Dead scene and the American roots music scene in a city across the Atlantic.”“It’s also pretty great to hang out and jam with musicians that I know and don’t know, all of us brought together in different formations to try cool things,” Lesh continues. “We’re all on the road a lot so we know each other but never get to spend real time together and to meet one another’s spouses and have adventures together, so this is such a pleasure. All of this is why we block the time out and make the IGE trips a priority.”Grahame’s words encapsulated beautifully what I saw day in and day out, staying in an apartment building where the musicians were camped out in a block of units; what I saw walking a few blocks through some twisting alleys to the hotel where the 100 or so guests were staying. Many nights ended there, with groups of musicians taking the stage for impromptu acoustic performances, with the guests stretched out on the floor, chilling, sipping wine, doing yoga, canoodling in the corner. Their experience wasn’t all that different from the musicians’. Seeking a little insight into that, I got in touch with Dave Fleishman (@Deadesq), a Californian who has attended the last two IGE events and will also be in Lisbon. He told me that he’s transferred almost all of his music-travel spending to these events.“The IGE experience is clearly music-oriented, but there’s so much more to it,” he says. “It’s also an incredible travel experience. You settle into this city and you learn the neighborhood you’re in and the city you happen to be in—and you have these remarkable musical experiences. It’s a fantastic combination of the two. And they do such a great job picking venues and putting unique and one-of-a-kind musical experiences together. It’s very different than the experience you would have anywhere else.”“It’s the essence of live music and I think it’s as much if not more fun for the musicians as it is for the fans,” he continues. “They seem to be having the time of their lives on these trips and it comes through in their music: the way they play, the explorations they make. There’s something about being cloistered away together for 10 days that allows for explorations you just don’t experience anywhere else. Some of the music makes me think, ‘I can’t believe I’m hearing this.’”“They know they’re with knowledgeable music fans,” Fleishman concludes. “We’ve got 10 days with these people and get to hang out with them outside the music. It’s a very relaxed way to vacation to hear music and to sightsee. There’s nothing like it and I’ll keep coming along as I can.”Below, you can check out some photos from the 2018 IGE experience in Barcelona courtesy of photographer Jay Blakesberg.The 2019 IGE Music & Art Immersion Experience will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from October 4th through October 13th, 2019. For more information, or to book your spot on the 2019 IGE trip, head here. Load remaining images Load remaining images
On Thursday, gearing up for their headlining Red Rocks Amphitheatre performance next week, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band offered a hometown warmup gig at Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA.Phil Lesh and his band opened up their first set with “Mason’s Children”, which was followed up by a number of Grateful Dead favorites including “China Cat Sunflower”, “Mr. Charlie”, “Jack-A-Roe, and “Brown Eyed Women”. Next, Phil stepped up to take the vocal lead on a cover of Robbie Robertson‘s “Broken Arrow” before moving forward with three American Beauty cuts, “Candyman”, “Till The Morning Comes”, and “Sugar Magnolia”. “Sugar Magnolia” segued into a proper “Sunshine Daydream” to bring the first set to a close.Following a brief setbreak, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band returned to open their second with an exploratory “Scarlet Begonias”, which smoothly flowed into a Ross James led cover of Link Wray’s “Fire and Brimstone”. The band moved forward with solid takes on “Comes A Time”, “Eyes Of The World”, and “Unbroken Chain” before sandwiching “Throwing Stones” in between a scorching “St. Stephen”. The biggest surprise of the night came next, as singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis emerged and stepped up front and center to an extra microphone. Terrapin Family Band multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby is no stranger to Lewis, as he’s a member of her regular touring band. With the added touch of Lewis’ soulful vocals, the band charged into “Shakedown Street”. Smoothly moving out of “Shakedown”, Lewis led the band through “You Are What You Love”, off of her 2006 Rabbit Fur Coat album featuring The Watson Twins. Phil, Lewis, and The Terrapin Family Band weaved back into “Shakedown Street” to close out their second set. The band offered up a lone encore of “Sugaree” with Lewis on keys.Luckily for fan who were unable to attend Thursday’s show, there’s some great fan-shot footage you can enjoy below:Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band – 5/23/2019 [Set One][Video: Deadheadland]Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band – 5/23/2019 [Set Two][Video: Deadheadland]For a full list of Lesh’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.Setlist: Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 5/23/2019Set One: Mason’s Children, China Cat Sunflower, Mr. Charlie, Jack-A-Roe, Brown Eyed Women, Broken Arrow, Candyman, Till The Morning Comes, Sugar Magnolia > Sunshine DaydreamSet Two: Scarlet Begonias > Fire And Brimstone, Comes A Time, Eyes Of The World, Unbroken Chain, St. Stephen > Throwing Stones > St. Stephen, Shakedown Street* > You Are What You Love* > Shakedown Street*Encore: Sugaree** featuring Jenny Lewis[H/T JamBase]
Fossils may provide tantalizing clues to human history, but they also lack some vital information, such as revealing which pieces of human DNA have been favored by evolution because they confer beneficial traits — resistance to infection or the ability to digest milk, for example. These signs can only be revealed through genetic studies of modern humans and other related species, though the task has proven difficult.Now, in a paper appearing in the Jan. 7 edition of Science Express, researchers describe a method for pinpointing these preferred regions within the human genome that offers greater precision and resolution than ever before, and the possibility of deeply understanding both our genetic past and present.“It’s clear that positive natural selection has been a critical force in shaping the human genome, but there are remarkably few examples that have been clearly identified,” said senior author Pardis Sabeti, an associate member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and an assistant professor of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard University. “The method we’ve developed makes it possible to zero in on individual genes as well as the specific changes within them that are driving important evolutionary changes.”Positive natural selection is a process in which advantageous traits become more common in a population. That is because these traits boost an individual’s chances of survival and reproduction, so they are readily passed on to future generations. Identifying such traits — and the genes underlying them — is a cornerstone of current efforts to dissect the biological history of the human species as well as the diseases that threaten human health today.“In the human genome, positive natural selection leaves behind very distinctive signals,” said co-first author Sharon Grossman, a research assistant at Harvard University and the Broad Institute. Yet earlier methods for detecting these signals are limited, highlighting relatively large chunks of the genome that are hundreds of thousands to millions of genetic letters or “bases” in length, and that can contain many genes.Of the hundreds of these large genomic regions thought to be under positive natural selection in humans, only a handful have so far been winnowed to a precise genetic change.“Finding the specific genetic changes that are under selection can be like looking for a needle in a haystack,” said Grossman.Sabeti, Grossman, and their colleagues wondered if there might be a way to enhance this genomic search. Because existing methods for detecting natural selection individually measure distinct genomic features, the researchers predicted that an approach that combines them could yield even better results.After some initial simulations to test their new method, the research team applied it to more than 180 regions of the human genome that are thought to be under recent positive selection but where the specific gene or genetic variant under selection is unknown.The researchers’ method, called “Composite of Multiple Signals,” or CMS, enabled them to dramatically narrow the size of the candidate regions, reducing them from an average of eight genes per region to one. Moreover, the number of candidate genetic changes was reduced from thousands to just a handful, helping the researchers to tease out the needles from the haystack.“The list of genes and genetic loci we identified includes many intriguing candidates to follow up,” said co-first author Ilya Shlyakhter, a computational biologist at the Broad Institute and Harvard University. “For example, a number of genes identified are involved in metabolism, skin pigmentation, and the immune system.”In some cases, the researchers were able to identify a specific genetic change that is the likely focal point of natural selection. For example, a variation in a gene called protocadherin 15, which functions in sensory perception, including hearing and vision, appears to be under selection in some East Asian populations. Several other genes involved in sensory perception also appear to be under selection in Asia. In addition, the team uncovered strong evidence of selection in East Asians at a specific point within the leptin receptor gene, which is linked to blood pressure, body mass index, and other important metabolic functions.The researchers also localized signals to regions outside of genes, suggesting that they function not by altering gene structure per se, but by changing how certain genes are turned on and off.While the findings in the Science paper offer a deep glimpse of evolution’s handiwork, the researchers emphasize that further studies of individual genetic variations, involving experiments that explore how certain genetic changes influence biological function, are necessary to fully dissect the role of natural selection and its impact on human biology.“This method allows us to trace evolution’s footprints with a much finer level of granularity than before, but it’s one piece of a much larger puzzle,” said Sabeti. “As more data on human genetic variation becomes available in the coming years, an even more detailed evolutionary picture should emerge.”
Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series of stories on the measures individual Schools at Harvard are using to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.A year after Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences formally launched its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Program, aligned with the University-wide reduction goals, sustainability is becoming second nature across FAS.For example, there’s the new [email protected] e-mail account, where members of the Harvard community can report sprinklers running in the rain, athletic facilities ablaze with lights at 2 a.m., and lecture halls where climate control could be improved.“The level of engagement is really remarkable,” said Jay M. Phillips, director of energy, sustainability, and infrastructure for FAS, one of eight officials who share these e-mail reports with building managers to see that problems are solved.In a notable success story, Harvard College’s sprawling residential buildings in the past year have seen a 15 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions, a 30 percent drop in water use, and a 9 percent savings on utility costs.Heather Henriksen, director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability (OFS), credits FAS successes such as the undergraduate Resource Efficiency Program, where students act as green representatives within their dorms or Houses, and Green Teams, which harness the power of faculty, staff, and students to improve efficiency in office settings.“Both are feathers in the cap of the FAS Green Program,” Henriksen said. “FAS has demonstrated that occupant-engagement programs lead to real resource reductions and, ultimately, economic savings.”The concerted conservation efforts in the Houses and dormitories have contributed to the $5,594,908 that FAS saved in the past year through reductions in energy usage and associated utilities costs. FAS has also saved money through an array of energy conservation projects implemented since 2006: reducing building ventilation and heating and cooling loads, adjusting building temperatures and system schedules based on building occupancy, and installing solar panels and a bevy of other retrofits.Many FAS employees have embraced a more low-tech approach: “freecycles,” where surplus office supplies are free for the taking. Dozens of staffers have showed up, snapping up much of what is offered for reuse. Inspired by freecycling’s popularity, OFS, Harvard’s Procurement Management office, and FAS have developed a University-wide Craigslist-like site for swapping office supplies, now available online at green.harvard.edu/reuselist.Freecycling hasn’t just been a hit at Harvard. Columbia University has begun replicating the practices on its own campus.“We’ve transitioned from being a sustainability follower among our Ivy peers some years ago to being a real leader now,” Phillips said, noting that Yale University is now seeking to replicate FAS’s successful greening of laboratories.This year, FAS plunged into its biggest sustainability project yet, an ambitious, top-to-bottom makeover of the 102,000-square-foot Sherman Fairchild Biochemistry Building and its smaller neighbor, the Bauer Center. Two technologies never before employed in FAS buildings — an enthalpy wheel and a heat-shift chiller — will recapture heat ordinarily exhausted from the buildings, for reuse elsewhere.Other innovations include a system to reclaim “gray” water for reuse in toilets, widespread use of LEDs for task lighting and illumination of laboratory benches, lights that self-dim when ample natural light is present, and a system that will use occupancy sensors to reduce air exchange in vacant areas.“Better integrating building controls should help us achieve much greater efficiency,” Phillips said. “This project has been envisioned from the start as a ‘lab of the future.’ ”Among the more futuristic touches, building occupants will find interactive screens showing energy use by lab or floor, so they can see, in real time, the energy-saving effects of their actions.Next: A look at the Harvard Business School.
Erin Gee performs an original composition, “Mouthpiece.”
Six Harvard University graduate students are among the 13 local graduate students who will spend the summer working in key state agencies as Rappaport Public Policy Fellows.Now in its 10th year, the fellowship is a unique program that gives talented young graduate students throughout greater Boston the opportunity to help public officials address key problems and, in doing so, to learn more about how public policy is created and implemented. The fellowship is funded and administered by Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, which strives to improve the governance of the region by strengthening connections between scholars, students, officials, and civic leaders.Rappaport Public Policy FellowsHARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOLLalita Booth, who is in the joint Master in Public Policy (MPP)/Master in Business Administration (MBA) program at HKS and Harvard Business School, will work at the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.First-year MPP students Jennifer Vorse and Michael Zakaras will work in the office of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino on the Circle of Promise Initiative, which seeks to break the cycle of poverty by linking ambitious efforts to turn around troubled schools in the city’s disadvantaged neighborhoods with other programs, assets, and resources in those neighborhoods.HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOLMichael Honigberg, who recently completed his first year at Harvard Medical School (HMS), will work for the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy in the Performance Measurement Group. His primary task will be to produce a descriptive report on healthcare systems integration.Ravi Parikh, who also finished his first year at HMS, will work for the Joint Committee on Health Care Policy and produce a report for the Massachusetts House of Representatives on pending legislation regarding the scope of practice of non-physician allied health professionals. He will also work on a project to analyze the effect of Massachusetts’ shift to global provider payments on single- or small group- practice physicians.GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCESJeremy Levine, a second-year doctoral student in sociology, also will work for Mayor Menino on the Circle of Promise Initiative. Levine has analyzed local community development policies in Detroit, the impact of unequal access to public transportation, and transportation policy as a means of combating urban poverty.To read the full announcement.
The career path of a chef today can take an interesting route, beginning as lowly stagiaire, and perhaps leading to chef-owner of an acclaimed restaurant or two, then books, endorsements, and television. Few have the opportunity to use a top university classroom as their stage.This year, Harvard University has gathered 12 of the most accomplished chefs from around the world to teach “Science and Cooking’’ at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Each lecturer presents a class to a group of 400 undergraduates. In an effort to allow some public access (and accommodate overflow students), each chef also presents a weekly seminar one evening. They kicked off last week with the world’s most talked-about chef, Ferran Adria of El Bulli restaurant in Spain, the man at the forefront of molecular gastronomy — though he prefers the term “avant garde cuisine…”Read more here