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.