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Jagoda Szmytka (b. Legnica, Poland, 1982) is a composer and sound-space artist. Her work has been programmed by contemporary music specialists includingOrquesta de Radio Television Espanola, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Grup Instrumental de Valencia, Ensemble Interface, Kwartludium, Smash Ensemble, Wrocław Philharmonic Choir, Wrocław Percussion Group, Ulrich Krieger, Daniel Lorenzo, Łukasz Długosz, Anna Kwiatkowska, Elżbieta Woleńska, Małgorzata Walentynowicz, Scott Voyles, Mauricio Sotelo, Jean Deroyer, Arturo Tamayo, at festivals including Warsaw Autumn, Musica Electronica Nova, Audio Art, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Moderna, Forum Musicum, Internationale Ferienkurse für neue Musik in Darmstadt (Studio Concerts), ENSEMS, Donaueschinger Musiktage (Off-Programm), Tokyo Experimental Festival and has been broadcast by Polish Radio Programme 2, as well by French, Swedish, Portuguese and Czech Radio Programmes. She has received grants, stipends, and commissions from DAAD, Austrian Government, Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung, President of Wrocław, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg. In 2007, she completed a M.A. in Composition and Electronic Composition at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław (Krystian Kiełb and Cezary Duchnowski). Subsequently, she attended postgraduate composition studies abroad - at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz (Pierluigi Billone, Beat Furrer), and at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main (Beat Furrer, Gerhard Müller-Hornbach).
Most recently, she has begun postgraduate studies under the guidance of Wolfgang Rihm at Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. She has studied additionally in masterclasses, lesson settings and courses (a.o.: Acanthes, MATRIX, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Seminario Permanante do Composición) with such composers as Per Nørgård, Tristan Murail, Vinko Globokar, Mark Andre, Georg Friedrich Haas, Mauricio Sotelo, Jóse Maria Sánchez Verdú, Misato Mochizuki, Klaus Lang, and, among numerous others.

Her creative activity includes painting, artwork, video, staging, visual poetry and texts as integral part of music: "Sound is (for) more than for ear - it is as well for body for eye and for thinking."

"The videos/images I make 'are sounds' and they 'are perceivable as sounds' - I am interested in creating videos/images as long as they have structure of the sound and as long as they are perceivable as the sound."

"Sound-touch-body'solvent - wave touches the skin, pervades tissue, permeates into bones; is direct. Bodies immersing in the sound are not only 'touched by' - they become a part of the same space."

photo © David Gonter