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Jagoda Szmytka,

composer; b. 15th January 1982 in Legnica. She studied history of art, philosophy, music theory and composition in Wrocław (with Krystian Kiełb and Cezary Duchnowski), and later composition with Beat Furrer (Graz and Frankfurt am Main), Pierluigi Billone (Graz), Gerhard Müller-Hornbach and Wolfgang Rihm (Karlsruhe). She attended several masterclasses run by Helmut Lachenmann, Mark Andre, Georg Friedrich Haas, Vinko Globokar, Mauricio Sotelo, Tristan Murail, and many others.

She received scholarships from the DAAD, Oscar und Vera Ritter Stiftung, Hoepfner Stiftung (Wolfgang-Rihm-Stipendium), ÖAAD, the City of Wrocław, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and Kunststiftung Baden–Württemberg, as well as a residency at La Muse en Circuit in France (2012). She was a composer-in-residence at ZKM Karlsruhe, she also won the Staubach Honorarium and the Stipend Prize of the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt (2012). In 2016 she is the artist-in-residence at Villa Serpentara (with funds granted by the Akademie der Künste Berlin).

Jagoda Szmytka’s music has been performed at "Warsaw Autumn" Festival, "Codes" Festival in Lublin, Musica Polonica Nova and Musica Electronica Nova in Wrocław, Eclat New Music Festival in Stuttgart, International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Ultraschall in Berlin, Wien Modern, German Radio in Cologne, Lucerne Festival, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Royaumont, Acanthes in Metz, ENSEMS in Valencia, Donaueschinger Musiktage (Off-Programm), Ohren auf Europa in Düsseldorf, Musica Moderna in Łódź, Tokyo Experimental Festival, Audio Art in Krakow, Mediascapes in Graz, International Rostrum for Electro-Acoustic Music in Lisbon and the National Opera in Warsaw. She has collaborated with Ensemble Interface, Ensemble Garage, ensemble recherche, ensemble mosaik, Ensemble L’Arsenale, European Workshop for Contemporary Music, the duo leise dröhnung, MAM.Manufaktur für Aktuelle Musik, and Kwartludium.

In 2015 rok Edition Zeitgenössische Musik/WERGO released her monograph album Bloody Cherries.

Jagoda Szmytka is the founder and leader of PLAY– Platform for Art and Culture Initiatives in Frankfurt.

In 2016 she was awarded the German Music Authors’ Prize.

She was a member of Polish Composers’ Union's Youth Circle.

She works and lives in Karlsruhe.

updated: March 2016 (ab)

Composer's website: www.jagodaszmytka.com


glass for tape (2005)
Tre Canzoni for soprano and piano (2005)
traffic for narrator and tape (2005)
Lights for string quartet (2005)
Trance for string quartet (2005)
Waves for string quartet (2005)
Das Ritus for percussion trio (2006)
Aaiairaia for 2 violins (2006)
Medusaleum for flute quartet (2006)
jonction for chamebr ensemble (2006)
io for flute and tape (2006)
nja for tenor saxophone and computer (2007)
jasinn for mixed choir, 4 instruments, electronic sounds and computer (2007)
per ._o for flute mouthpieces, few piano strings and stones (2007)
körperwelten. study of fragmented one fro amplified string instrument, tape and video (2008)
verb(a)renne life ! for ensemble, paper and wood * (2009)
¿i? study of who where when for piano/harpsichord, metronome, dictaphone, light, video and electronics (2010)
just in time for action (actors), machines, synthesizer, voices, factory space (2010)
just before after for six musicians * (2010)
Open the box! for accordion and shadow theatre (2011)
Watch out! of the box for violin/cellom piano and space installation (2011)
In the Green Light of the Sun for bass clarinet/clarinet, violin, piano, percussion, traditional singing and electronics (2011)
f* for music for electric guitar and amplified cello (2012)
for travelers like angels or vampires for amplified ensemble (2012)
handplay in Wunderkammer installation (2012)
happy deaf people for amplified cello, chamber ensemble and electronic sounds (2012)
Oh no, I’ve lost my lofty bow for amplified ensemble (2012)
Pretty sounds (üben-sein-hören) for 3 musicians, 3 instruments and 3 dictaphones/iPhones (2012)
For Hands and Voices, chamber opera for soprano, 7 actors or singers and large ensemble (2013)
greetings from a doppelgänger for amplified ensemble (2013)
inane prattle for amplified trumpet and ensemble (2013)
self double self for double bass and sound files (2013)
pores open wide shut for flute, cello, piano and percussion (2013)
empty music for clarinet, viola, cello, piano, percussion and projections (2014)
Limbo Lander audiovisual performance (2014)
GAMEBOY, audiovisual composition for sampler, voice and video (2014)
LOST, transmedia composition for multiplied singer and soloist, real and simulated ensemble and listeners, users or players, with possible active participation (2015)
H / A / U / T, ballet for flute, electric guitar, piano/sampler, violin, viola and cello (2016)
Kronos seine Kinder gefressen hat, electronic music (2016)
transit for viola solo with electronics (2016)
Voila, that’s my life, performance (2016)
box of presence (everybody can be present), installation (2016)
DIY or DIE, vaudeville in 5 parts (2017)
JUSTICE, theater play in 3 parts (2018)
box of happiness, installation (2018)
means of transport for amplified string quartet  (2018)