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SMP Ensemble

Contemporary Classical

(Pōneke / Wellington)

SMP Ensemble presents Bright Darkness. Austrian composer Klaus Lang created an outdoor chamber music piece for quartet as an immersive sonic experience for the contemporary environment.

Performing Bright Darkness 60 minutes before sunset, the work will end with the audience, performers and music ‘disappearing’ in the darkness... Bright Darkness for Organ/Synth/E. Piano, Electric Guitar, Saxophone and Percussion is music content with being submerged and engulfed.

The work can be experienced anywhere (outside of the concert hall), and is best experienced blending with the environmental sound, amongst the performative. The music itself consists of two alternating sections—a rumbling dense texture, full of many notes/runs and occasional saxophone multiphonics (of the quiet, Weiss and Netti category), and a still, descending scalar section, with pleasantly strident microtonal quasi-unisons between guitar, marimba, and keyboards.

SMP Ensemble is an artist-run cooperative for composers and performers focusing on producing contemporary classical music in Pōneke, Aotearoa. We curate and present various programmes from classical chamber music, electroacoustic music to the most experimental inter-disciplinary work.


SMP is a platform for independent local artists to reach new audiences, showcase accessible programmes, feature new, early and mid career artists, and showcase New Zealand music.


Founded in 2008 by Andrzej Nowicki, the ensemble developed from a student-run project at the New Zealand School of Music - Te Kōki, later becoming a programmed New Music Ensemble, we remain in an independent partnership with Victoria University of Wellington.

Highlights of past seasons include the feature as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival, performing for the Refugee Family Reunification Trust, ECO NZ, The Caprice Arts Trust, with Gamelan Padhang Moncar, and the 75th Anniversary of the Pahīatua Polish Refugee Childen’s arrival.

8pm, Sun 20 Feb | FREE
Fortune Favours Music Series Stage, Te Whanganui-a-Tara (behind Te Papa)

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