Esin Gunduz
Composer |
Vocal performer 


︎Works
as a Composer


︎En-he-du-an-na-me-en 𒈾
2020




Sounding Spaces︎
2021




︎Lights on Inanna ︎

2016-17




︎coniunctio︎
2019-20

-- based on the medieval alchemical processes, on the way that the relationship between one’s work and her soul is aimed to become through alchemical processes.
- for two mouth-harmonicas
*It doesn’t require professional harmonica players.



︎Interludes ︎
2019

-- excerpt from “Interludes’ written for Senso di Voce, composed to function as interludes throughout a repertoire of early music and contemporary improvisations.
- for oboe and voice






︎Iron Softens in Union ︎
2012-13
 
-- 3rd movement of States of Iron, imagining the intense acoustical interference between instruments, as an amalgam of metal and spirit.
- for bass flute, bass clarinet, and voice




︎Sense of Energy ︎2018


︎︎︎
to explore closely,
click on
the text
above or below
each video.


...
︎All
Excerpts


Senso di Voce:
Sonic Impressions
(c) 2021


About
Senso di Voce

︎Senso di Voce website


from Tyshawn Sorey’s Autoschediasms




w/ Phillip Greenlief
Improvisatory Ensemble





from Interludes  © 2019
w/Senso di Voce





from Aliya Ultan’s
Become a House





Senso di Voce: from As above, so below
︎Senso di Voce website








Copyright © 2020 Esin Gunduz.
Composer | Vocal performer







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Esin Gunduz
Composer |
Vocal performer 


︎Works
as a Composer





︎Lights on Inanna ︎

2016-17




︎coniunctio︎
2019-20

-- based on the medieval alchemical processes, on the way that the relationship between one’s work and her soul is aimed to become through alchemical processes.
- for two mouth-harmonicas
*It doesn’t require professional harmonica players.



︎Interludes ︎
2019

-- excerpt from “Interludes’ written for Senso di Voce, composed to function as interludes throughout a repertoire of early music and contemporary improvisations.
- for oboe and voice






︎Iron Softens in Union ︎
2012-13
 
-- 3rd movement of States of Iron, imagining the intense acoustical interference between instruments, as an amalgam of metal and spirit.
- for bass flute, bass clarinet, and voice




︎Sense of Energy ︎2018


︎︎︎
to explore closely,
click on
the text
above or below
each video.


...
︎
All
Excerpts



︎Vocal Performance | Improvisation

Senso di Voce:
Sonic Impressions
(c) 2021




About
Senso di Voce

︎Senso di Voce website



from Tyshawn Sorey’s
Autoschediasms





w/ Phillip Greenlief
Improvisatory Ensemble





from
Interludes © 2019
w/Senso di Voce





from Aliya Ultan’s
Become a House





from As above, so below
w/ Senso di Voce

︎Senso di Voce






Copyright © 2020 Esin Gunduz
Composer | Vocal performer

Mark
“... a sound wizard! ...”
Rosie Middleton, mezzosoprano
Commissioner: Voice(less) Series - London Uk



“...Esin’s music arises miraculously from the body’s own forgotten rhythms.
Reading her score for the first time, I felt as if I had been startled by a secret and unexpected mirror.”
Nathaniel LaNasa, pianist
Commissioner: Ultrafizz, Since 1500 - NYCity Usa


“... sounds as if it is dentelle or some beautiful tapestry.”
about Lights on Inanna
Dr. Andrea Young, composer, performer
Collaborator - Montreal Ca



Esin Gunduz, PhD (she/her)



For composer, vocal performer, and improviser
Esin Gunduz,
sound originates in the body.
︎

She explores life’s energies as visceral sensory experience and sound, building landscapes of her own recorded-voice samples to surround acoustical instrumental textures, creating breathtaking acoustic vistas.

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Dr. Gunduz has been announced to be one of the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning awardees in 2021, as a composer and the vocalist of the transformative oboe and voice duo: ︎Senso di Voce. She had her works performed at the NonClassical (UK), Banff Centre (CA), and as part of the National Sawdust Digital Discovery Festival (USA). Among the performers who have championed her work are Ensemble Linea and mandolinist Avi Avital, as well as the previous members of Talea Ensemble and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Prominent projects include electroacoustic works based on Sumerian tablets and a piece that turns alchemical processes into sound for the NyCity-based duo: Ultrafizz. One of those works, En-he-du-an-na-me-en (2020), is based on a text by Enheduanna 𒂗𒃶𒌌𒀭𒈾 , Sumerian high-priestess, world's oldest author writing in 2300 BCE, and is written for mezzosoprano Rosie Middleton’s Voice(less) Commissioning Series for electronics and voice. This work was programmed for Iceland Dark Music Days before the pandemic, yet later been premiered for Nonclassical, recorded at Cafe Oto in 2021, and have had its second performance at the Iklectic Artlab in January of 2022 (all venues in London, UK.) ︎Watch this excerpts video of En-he-du-an-na-me-en.

Gunduz’s works for museum/art-spaces with Senso di Voce are multi-faceted. The second iteration of their sound installation, Sounding Spaces: Passage opened itself to the visitors of the Frontispace Gallery of University Rochester (Feb. 10th 2022). The duo’s unique concert performance in Sonic Impressions, an audio-visual output of their own program-curation, was developed in relation to the Renaissance Impressions exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery and streamed in webinar format of concert and talk (Feb. 6th 2022). This program includes Gunduz’s latest short work Bogalele that was inspired by the throat-playing tradition of the Teke nomads in Turkey and cantu a tenòre tradition of Sardinia.

Dr. Gunduz has presented Lights on Inanna (2016-17), her initial work that was based on Sumerian tablets, under the Music in the Cult section of the Society of Biblical Literature’s (SBL) Annual Meeting in San Antonio (TX) in November of 2021. A researcher of vocal performance, Esin Gunduz has offered workshops for the Indeterminacy Consulting Group & Festival (CA/USA), CS1 Curatorial Projects (USA), and an Orchard of Pomegranates in Montréal (CA). She is an adjunct voice instructor at Villa Maria College and holds a PhD in music composition from SUNY University at Buffalo. Originally from Istanbul Turkey, Dr. Gunduz currently lives in New York State, Usa.

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an Artist’s Statement






“As a composer,
I concentrate on the nature of sound and its embodiment.



As humans, we respond to human-voice with a primal empathy.
An immediate kind of mirroring takes place.


We “know” the tension that is required to produce that sound.

We feel it in our own bodies.



We reflectively react to it at times:

such as raising our eyebrows when we hear voices in upper-spectra (like a boy-choir),

or clearing our throats after hearing a “scratchy” throat-sound.

...

Owing my predisposition to both my roots from Thrace (Trakya)
and to have spent my youth in Istanbul,

I am particularly fascinated by culture-specific
vocal practices and traditional vocal-techniques,
not only for their complex acoustical spectra,
but also for how they communicate and convey
a wide range of 
such direct and human experience.

Life vibrates within those sounds.
︎


Such vocal timbres carry information into
a singer’s attitude | psychology | type-of-being | (…)


— phrases of singing are 
time-capsules of
human-life in acoustics.
︎


I learn from these and translate them into instrumental writing;

I aim to create the directness
( immediacy and presence! )
of human-voices,
for 
ensembles.



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Copyright © 2020 Esin Gunduz.
Composer | Vocal performer




Mark