The World's Worst Book Release
Broadcast live on May 26, 2020 via the Co-Prosperity Sphere Twitch channel
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 was hosted by Aaron Walker, Chris Reeves, and Jesse Malmed.
With contributions by (in order of appearance): Willy Smart, Breanne Trammell, Michelle Marie, Chris Collins, Mike Green, Liz McCarthy, Greg Ruffing, Andrew Walker & Nick Visser, Li-Ming Hu , Tim Dukes, Academy Records, Hope Esser, Michelle Marie, Caitlin Ryan, Loraine Wible, Hannah Higgins, Angeliki Tsoli, Chiara Ambrosio, Erin Hayden, Alejandro Acierto, Lori Felker, Andrew and Zazie Lampert, Lauren Sudbrink, Jimmy Schaus, Kristi Mcguire, Nick Flessa, Matthew Walkerdine, Erika Raberg, Greg Ruffing, the Lakind Family as the Mono-tones, JOBS, Isaac Hand, Nellie Kluz, Mark Booth, Greg Baise, Mike Lopez, Robert Chase Heishman, Max Guy, Cathy Hsiao, and Ellen Nielsen.