One has to wonder at the wisdom of such a thing (or rather, the lack thereof). Who decided that eating the world’s spiciest pepper whole while doing your job was a good idea? Actually, scratch that. It’s the world’s greatest idea. There is such beauty being produced amidst the suffering of the orchestra.

Members of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra combined forces with Chili Klaus, a pepper enthusiast, to perform Tango Jalousie while eating the world hottest pepper at the time, which was the Ghost Pepper. While the Ghost Pepper has been knocked off its throne by the Carolina Reaper, it’s still a force to be reckoned with, and these poor Danes learn that the hard way set to a beautiful musical score.