Some pictures and memorabilia of the Reich Effect show in Cork with Gavin Friday and Crash Ensemble. No pics during show – so it’s rehearsal and soundcheck only. Great response from the crowd – both Iarla Ó Lionáird (who performed the stunning Grá agus Bás – get it on iTunes!) and Gavin got much kudos for their performances afterwards in the bar of the Cork Opera House. This was the second time Gavin performed “Coming Together” with the Crash Ensemble and since its first performance the piece has gained intensity – Gav went for it this time. We left the venue with a spring in our step, invigorated, secure and ready…
Full text of Rzewski’s Coming Together:
“I think the combination of age and the greater coming together is responsible for the speed of the passing time. It’s six months now and I can tell you truthfully few periods in my life have passed so quickly. I am in excellent physical and emotional health. There are doubtless subtle surprises ahead but I feel secure and ready.”
“As lovers will contrast their emotions in times of crisis, so am I dealing with my environment. In the indifferent brutality, incessant noise, the experimental chemistry of food, the ravings of lost hysterical men, I can act with clarity and meaning. i am deliberate–sometimes even calculating–seldom employing histrionics except as a test of the reactions of others. I read much, exercise, talk to guards and inmates, feeling for the inevitable direction of my life.”
Find out more about Sam Melville, who wrote the words used by Frederic Rzweski.