KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Morning Concert: Nicola Walker Smith and Geoffrey Smith

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
Program Series
Morning Concert
Program Length
119 min
1992-08-21 | broadcast
| 1992-08-21 | created
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Geoff Smith and singer Nicola Walker Smith. Geoff Smith is one of the new breed of British composers, while Nicola is a singer of remarkable range who has made a career of performing contemporary art songs, many composed by young British composers such as Gavin Bryars, Michael Finnissy, and Geoff Smith, as well as John Cage. The pair have also experimented with more popular music, as is made evident in their reworking of a Yorkshire folk song “Thi Coomin’” into a modern rock song that is reminiscent of work by Sinéad O'Connor. The two, who reside in Yorkshire England, were in the U.S. in 1992 doing research for a book on modern American composers. Charles talks with the couple about their work and plays a number of selections off of their album “The Garden”.
Art songs
Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Musical Selections
Recitation (1978) / Georges Aperghis -- The tangled hair poems [text of Japanese poems translated by Kenneth Rexroth] / Geoffrey Smith -- Videtis eni interiorem [text by St. Hildegard von Bingen] / Michael Finnissy -- Warara [excerpt] (1982) / Michael Finnissy -- The White Lodge [text by Jules Verne] (1991) / Gavin Bryars -- Thi Coomin' / Geoffrey Smith -- Einsamkeit [text by Rainer Maria Rilke] (1990) / Andrew Toovey
Nicola Walker Smith, vocals
Ixion Ensemble
Art songs
Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble
Songs (High voice) with electronics
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by Save America’s Treasures, a program of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.