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Release Party: “The World’s Worst: A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia”

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

Sobercove Press invites you to a party❣️

On May 26th from 8-10PM CST, join us via Lumpen Radio's twitch stream to celebrate the official release of "The World's Worst: A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia." The book, edited by Chris Reeves and Aaron Walker and published by Soberscove is a collection of ephemera, anecdotes, and archival material on England's Portsmouth Sinfonia, an ensemble of art students and loose musicians who, in 1970, formed a classical orchestra with the restriction being that one must not have familiarity with their given musical instrument. Although retiring in 1980 (after a decade of wild public performances in which they, through their sheer inability, butchered the popular classics) the Sinfonia's spirit of catharsis through collective play and joyful arts mobilization lives on. "The World's Worst Book Release" is a variety show guided by the Sinfonia's pervasive spirit, featuring over 35 performers, karaoke singers, (non-)musicians, poets, dancers, jokers, artists, talkies, and texts, para-texts, commercials, gestures, and overall reminders of the effervescence of playing joyfully. Hosted by Aaron Walker, Chris Reeves, and Jesse Malmed. With contributions from, amongst others: Lori Felker, Erin Hayden, Andy Hall, Kirsten Leenaars, Cathy Hsiao, Li Ming Hu, Hope Esser, Hannah B Higgins, Mark Booth, Mike Lopez

Watch the video Sounds of Music, 2020, a collaboration by Andy Hall and Kirsten Leenaars here:


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