In early 2009, four friendly bassoonists gathered together to while away a windy evening exploring some bassoon quartet repertoire. The burbling sound of four bassoons proved so enjoyable that Reed Rage was born, and the quartet made its debut at Burgh House in Hampstead later that year. Until 2017, Reed Rage delighted audiences around the country with recitals, events and education work.
One of our number has now moved across the pond, so Reed Rage antics are currently on hold. We hope to resume the Raging at a later date, so watch this space.
"The bassoon is one of my favourite instruments. It has the medieval aroma, like the days when everything used to sound like that. Some people crave baseball . . . I find this unfathomable, but I can easily understand why a person could get excited about playing a bassoon. It's a great noise - nothing else makes that noise" Frank Zappa
Definition: Reed Rage. An affliction commonly found in double reed players, especially bassoonists. Less serious than Reed Neurosis suffered by oboe players. It involves leaping up and down on reeds that don't work or stabbing them into music stands.
rage: [with modifier] an instance of aggressive behavior or violent anger caused by a stressful or frustrating situation : e.g.reed rage
ORIGIN Middle English (also in the sense [madness] ):
from Old Frenchrage (noun), rager (verb),
from a variant of Latin rabies (see rabies ).
"Sumptuous reedy sounds: ensemble playing to die for: and a fun programme. Add all these together and you have a Fab Four called Reed Rage – a quartet of bassoonists who, it seems, can play anything." S.K.