“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, texts, para-texts, commercials, gestures, and overall reminders of the effervescence of playing joyfully.
This celebrated “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 formed a classical orchestra in 1970 with the only 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 Twitch event is hosted by Aaron Walker, Chris Reeves, and Jesse Malmed. It aired on May 26, 2020.