SMASH ensemble

SMASH ensemble
Artistic Director: Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete

“The destructive character sees nothing permanent. But for this very reason he sees ways everywhere. Where others encounter walls or mountains, there too, he sees a way...”

Walter Benjamin (1892 - 1940)

Considered as one of Europe’s finest formations, SMASH ensemble is a “cluster” comprising top musicians for all over the world specialized in contemporary music. The artistic direction has developed it’s repertoire and creations towards hibridations with diferent trends such as poetry, bunraku puppets, electronic music, philosophy, and a series of diverse pedagogical projects.

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) or Centre Tchèque, Fondation Suisse (Paris, France).

In 2011 were born two projects that display the enthousiasm 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.

« So nobly were they taught, that there was neither he nor she amongst them but could read, write, sing, play upon several musical instruments, speak five or six languages, and compose in them all very quaintly, both in verse and prose... »

François Rabelais (1483 - 1553)