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1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 11 October 2008

Alwynne Pritchard reports on a multimedia night at London's Spitalfields Festival called Rational Rec, with songs, music-theatre, performance art and discussion.

Chris Newman: Songs
Watch Em Bend 2:16
Time Continues 3:24
Good Day after Good Orgasm 1:46
Adam de la Cour (voice)
Michael Finnissy (piano)

Diana Burrell: One Man Band 6:07
Mark Knoop (piano, percussion and accordion)

Performance artist Sheila Ghelani talks to Alwynne Pritchard
(music – The Wanderer by Dion and Don't Fence Me In by Bing Crosby)

Chris Fox: Generic Composition No. 3 for solo cello 4:25
Alex Waterman (cello)

Trond Reinholdtsen: 13 Music Theatre Pieces 11:55
Plus Minus Ensemble:
Vicky Wright (clarinet)
Tom Pauwels (elec guitar)
Alex Waterman (cello)
Mark Knoop (piano, accordion)
Roderick Chadwick (piano)
Joanna Bailie and Matthew Shlomowitz (auxilliary)
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The Vacuum Cleaner: Live Talk (excerpt)

Michael Finnissy: Dust 2;23
Adam de la Cour, Andrew Toovey, Matthew Shlomowitz & Alex Waterman (vocals)
Plus Minus Ensemble

Tape That: Mixed Pickles 5:36

Joanna Bailie: On And Off 9.42
Plus-minus Ensemble

Review of Rational Rec by Felicity Mukherjee

  • Notes

    Rational Rec is “a monthly inter-art social occasion, incorporating sound, music, text, performance, film and psychological experiments”, according to their own website. In this programme, Alwynne Pritchard reports, and introduces performances from, their lively night at this year’s Spitalfields Festival. Held in the atmospheric and picturesque dilapidation of Wilton’s Music Hall in London’s East End, there was music all over the place – a clarinet solo by the ladies toilets, an electric guitarist playing at the foot of the stairs – as well as a series of miniature music-theatre pieces on stage, featuring a clarinettist with pots and pans strapped to her knees and elbows.
    A cello solo by Christopher Fox was performed in a private space to a few lucky people who had won a pin-the-tail-on-a-fox competition. (Hear And Now managed to sneak its microphones in, though.)
    There was also performance art – some of which you can hear, some of which was silent, so Alwynne has to describe it as best she can.
    And the organisers of Rational Rec (artist Russell Martin, composer Matthew Shlomowitz and live arts organiser and broadcaster Cecilia Wee) talk to Alwynne about their aesthetic aims and experiences after 3 seasons of this monthly event.



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