Re-inventing Smetak

Walter Smetak “Ronda”

Walter Smetak “Ronda”

© Barbara Smetak

Past Dates

23.03.2017, 18:30
Talk with composers of the project “Re-inventing Smetak”

Smetak’s Inventions
Curated by Julia Gerlach, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD
FRI 17 March – SUN 9 April 2017
daadgalerie Oranienstraße 161
Daily 12:00 – 19:00
Free admission

Broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur “Konzert”
5 April 2017, 20:03

“I felt it would be better to immerse myself in the liberal mayhem of the tropics than to surrender myself to the European disaster.”
Walter Smetak

Walter Smetak (1913-1984) is one of music history’s forgotten characters. In 1937, he emigrated to Brazil and once there, he lost his western identity in a most inspiring way. He transformed into an artist who combined a multitude of influences into a fascinating oeuvre – driven by the search for collectivity, inner transformation, freedom and spirituality. As a musician, poet, sculptor and instrument maker, he was a pioneer of Brazilian counter-culture and significantly influenced the Tropicália movement.

The project “Re-inventing Walter Smetak” is the result of a thorough exploration of Smetak’s syncretistic world, carried out by four different composers. Their works created within this framework address various aspects of his work, amongst them his microtonality (conceived as an act of liberation from the norms of tonal systems), his collective improvisation practices, his experimental instruments and “sound sculptures”.

Liza Lim
Ronda – The Spinning World
for ensemble and plásticas sonoras (2017)

Paulo Rios Filho
for ensemble with plásticas sonoras (2017)

Daniel Moreira
for ensemble and video (2017)

Arthur Kampela
for ensemble and plásticas sonoras (2017)

A project by Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD and Ensemble Modern in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute.
Made possible by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Supported by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council, the Federal Foreign Office and Freunde des Ensemble Modern e.V.