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Morning Concert:
Nicola Walker Smith and Geoffrey Smith

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 119 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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”.

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
Performers:  Nicola Walker Smith, vocals
Ixion Ensemble
Genres:  Art Songs; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Smith, Nicola Walker; Smith, Geoff, 1966-; Cage, John; Art songs; Electro-acoustic; Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble; Songs (High voice) with electronics
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Smith, Nicola Walker; Smith, Geoff, 1966-; Aperghis, Georges; Rexroth, Kenneth, 1905-1982; Finnissy, Michael; Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179; Bryars, Gavin; Verne, Jules, 1828-1905; Rilke, Rainer Maria, 1875-1926; Toovey, Andrew
Recording Date:  8/21/1992
First Broadcast Date:  8/21/1992
 
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