SMP Ensemble was formed in October 2008 by its initial musical director, Andrzej Nowicki, and is based in Wellington, New Zealand. The group comprises an ever-changing line-up of performers and contributors.
As of January 2014, SMP is co-directed by core members Karlo Margetic, Anton Killin, Cordelia Black, Tristan Carter, Charley Davenport, and Glen Downie, the main concert organiser from 2015 onwards.
SMP produces several concerts per year, including occasional charity projects and student-oriented workshop-concerts. Music played includes classical and contemporary chamber music, electroacoustic music, and experimental performances. Concerts often have a focus on New Zealand composition.
Read Peter Mechen's review of our 2014 concert "SOUND BARRELL" for Middle C, here
SMP Ensemble performing at Happy Bar in 2009
Photo by Rachel Brandon
Highlights from 2013 include an eclectic concert of new works by emerging NZ composers and classical gems at Futuna Chapel, and two concerts accompanying screenings of the film The Crowd (with a live performance of a new score for this classic film by NZ based composer Jo Contag) at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Highlights from 2011 and 2012 include Lucky Dip, a concert featuring premiers of 11 new works by New Zealand composers in June 2012; Long Shadows, a concert in collaboration with composer Juliet Palmer in May 2012; Family Tree, a charity concert for the Refugee Family Reunification Trust in December 2011; and Interiors, a concert series of new works by New Zealand composers in collaboration with composer and guitarist Dylan Lardelli (and with funding from Creative New Zealand) in February and March 2011.
Highlights from the more distant past include Echoes, an environmentally-themed concert organised in conjunction with ECO, an umbrella group for environmental groups in New Zealand, in July 2010; Venus Vespers, a concert of music by women composers, organised in conjunction with Victoria University of Wellington Student Association’s women’s group, in May 2010; Vistas, a concert of New Zealand and Dutch contemporary music conducted by guest Lucas Vis, with support from Caprice Arts Trust, in March 2010; and Podróże, a concert series commemorating important anniversaries in the Polish community in Wellington, in November 2009.