Thomas Smetryns

Category:muzikant, componist
Gent, 13.12.1977
Genre(s):21ste eeuw / hedendaags, 20ste eeuw, oude muziek
Instrument(s):gitaar, theorbe
Actual/previous member of:Oberon Consort
Guest member of:LOD

Biography

Thomas Smetryns studied composition with Godfried-Willem Raes, and guitar, lute and theorbo with Ida Polck and Philippe Malfeyt at the Ghent Conservatory. As a composer he is very interested in the search for a new, experimental musical practice that remains anchored in an historical and/or social (sub)consciousness. He shares this interest with the Americans Brent Wetters and Jonathon Kirk; together, they form the composers’ collective “Medusa”.
Smetryns has written works for such artists as the Spectra Ensemble, Daan Vande Walle, trumpet player Jason Price, M&M ensemble, and the HERMESensemble. He is also active as a lutenist in the Oberon Consort, which is specialised in the Italian Renaissance and Early Baroque periods, combining this with other freelance activities. In his work as a DJ of exclusively 78 RPM records he again deals with placing the musical past in a contemporary context. Thomas Smetryns teaches analysis of 20th-century music at the Ghent Conservatory and guitar at the Oostende Conservatory.

©2005 Delphine Mandart, for Flanders Music Centre and MATRIX

Work review & selective list of works: www.matrix.mu

Selective discography

Contemporary Music in Flanders VIIContemporary Music in Flanders VII (2011)
20th century
Walter Boudreau, Dirk Blockeel, Jan Wauters, Roland Coryn, Isabelle Brys, Jean Louel, Bart Bouckaert, Frederik Neyrinck (...)
Heleen van Haegenborgh - Thomas SmetrynsHeleen van Haegenborgh - Thomas Smetryns (2007)
20th century
Thomas Smetryns, Heleen Van Haegenborgh, Thomas Smetryns, Heleen Van Haegenborgh

Selectieve discografie als componist

Divine madnessDivine madness (2013)
early music
Sofie Vanden Eynde, Alfonso Ferrabosco (i), Clare Wilkonson, Moneim Adwan, Moneim Adwan, John Dowland, Thomas Smetryns, Robert Johnson (...)
Contemporary Music in Flanders VIIContemporary Music in Flanders VII (2011)
20th century
Walter Boudreau, Dirk Blockeel, Jan Wauters, Roland Coryn, Isabelle Brys, Jean Louel, Bart Bouckaert, Frederik Neyrinck (...)
TRIATUTRIATU (2011)
20th century
Triatu, Karel Goeyvaerts, Thomas Smetryns, Frans Geysen, Guo Wenjing, Živković Nebojša Jovan
De duivel beduveld - le diable abandonnéDe duivel beduveld - le diable abandonné (2010)
21st century / contemporary
Heleen Van Haegenborgh, Thomas Smetryns
Avant Garde 1927-1937, DVD 1 & 2Avant Garde 1927-1937, DVD 1 & 2 (2008)
21st century / contemporary
HERMESensemble, Joachim Brackx, Eric Sleichim, Jan Van Outryve, Annelies Van Parys, Mireille Capelle, Thomas Smetryns, Geert Callaert (...)
Heleen van Haegenborgh - Thomas SmetrynsHeleen van Haegenborgh - Thomas Smetryns (2007)
20th century
Thomas Smetryns, Heleen Van Haegenborgh, Thomas Smetryns, Heleen Van Haegenborgh
AutomatonAutomaton (2001)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Godfried-Willem Raes, Kristof Lauwers, Thomas Smetryns

Related Items

Documents:Contemporary Music in Flanders VII (book)