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.