SMASH ensemble

SMASH ensemble
Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete
Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete
  • country:Spain
  • style(s):20th Century, Contemporary
  • label:Odradek Records
  • type:Small Ensemble, Large Ensemble
  • gender:male, female
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal, percussion, visual, string, woodwind, brass, guitar
  • artist posted by:Odradek Records

Line up

  • Alejandro Sancho
  • Andrea Nagy
  • Andrés Balaguer Gasch
  • Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete (director)
  • Camino Bravo
  • Clara Novakova
  • Delphine Biron
  • Héctor Abella
  • José Vicente Castillo
  • Juan Francisco Aranega
  • Myrtille Hetzel
  • Naiara De La Puente
  • Natalia Baquero Maturén
  • orge rafael gómez cáceres
  • Pablo López Callejo López
  • Sisco Aparici
  • Virginia de Vega Maestro

Considered one of Europe’s finest musical formations, SMASH ensemble is a “cluster” comprised of top musicians from all over the world specialized in contemporary music. Its repertoire choices and performances frequently feature hybrid projects, fusing multiple art forms like poetry, bunraku puppets, electronic music, philosophy, as well as a series of diverse pedagogical programs.

SMASH ensemble has performed in Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and Spain, in festivals and concert seasons such as Musiikin Aika (Finland), ContemPuls, Meetings of New Music Plus 2011 (Czech Republic), Saison Opus (France), Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Monterrey, Festival de Música Contemporánea Música Nueva (Mexico), Festival ENSEMS (Valencia), Museo Reina Sofia, Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Nous Sons Festival (Barcelona), Quincena Musical Donostiarra, Festival de Música de Alicante, Cycle of Contemporary Music BBVA Foundation (Bilbao), Gaida Festival (Vilnius, Lithuania), Guarda Contemporary Music Cycle (Portugal) and Centre Tchèque, Fondation Suisse (Paris, France).

In 2011 were born two projects that display the enthusiasm to integrate different artistic trends in classical contemporary music: Pierrot Lunaire/Bunraku, a staging of Arnold Schönberg’s music and japanese Bunraku puppets; Lengu’entrebescada a poetry and music cycle produced in collaboration with the University of Salamanca which is inspired by the troubadours of the twelfth century. In 2012 premiered antecommeDia (2006-2012), an instrumental cycle of pieces by spanish composer José Luis Torá inspired in Dante’s Commedia.

SMASH ensemble and the Festival Internacional SMASH de Música contemporánea, make part of the devices of the Asociación SMASH (Salamanca, Spain), which aims to promote and foment classical contemporary music.