Extra Sounds Ensemble brings together extraordinary young talents from Poland, England and Australia. It was formed in early 2010 by its leader and artistic director Alicja Smietana. It has toured major concert halls of Great Britain, Germany, Poland, France and Switzerland.
The musical aim it follows is discovering new possibilities in the repertoire or both early periods of classical music as well as contemporary music, jazz and other modern genres. Having this goal Extra Sounds have gained respect for it’s unheard of interpretations of Vivaldi, Glass, Schnittke and Corelli.
Its debut recording is included on an award winning album “Friends – Music of Jarek Smietana” where they appear alongside such artists as John Scofield, Larry Goldings, Jerry Goodman, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Wojciech Karolak, Adam Czerwiński, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski and other world famous jazz artists.
Recent album “Metamorphoses” with soloist Alicja Smietana and guest soloist Pekka Kuusisto that includes works by Vivaldi, Corelli, Kreisler and Schnittke came out in April 2015.
Alicja Śmietana has inspired her Extra Sounds Ensemble to fashion a disc that has a resounding joie de vivre (…)
Joanne Talbot, The Strad