for two mouth harmonicas

Written for ︎Ultrafizz:
Voice+ Piano+ duo of Lucy Dhegrae and Nathaniel LaNasa
for the concert program: 
Since 1500

︎Link to its Digital premiere
( National Sawdust Digital Discovery Festival ) 


“There is the conjunction of two bodies made,
and it is necessary in our magistery,
and if but one of our two bodies
only should be in our Stone,
it would never give tincture by any means.”
Rosarium Philosophorum, a 16th century alchemical treatise

is known to be the ending stage of the medieval alchemical processes
where two separate things
have transmuted into one -other- thing.

In this movement,
as the sounds of the two harmonicas interfere,
we start hearing some “other” sounds.

During their progress, our sensation of intensity changes.

Through this, one can also contemplate on what a “duo” is:

In this particular movement,
when one of the musicians breathes out, ︎︎︎
the other one breathes in; ︎︎︎
their togetherness is bound in a particular way —

just the way that
our togetherness with all beings
is bound in particular ways.

© 2020 Esin Gunduz.
Composer | Vocal performer


“Our goal for the Since 1500 program is
to create an experience for the listener where
– as poet Mark Nepo writes –
one can
“…lean in softly with a willingness to be changed by what we hear”.


In Since 1500,

sacred chants by Pauline Oliveros and an unknown 13th-century singer-composer
rub elbows with monodies by Guillaume de Machaut and John Cage.
Playful hockets by Meredith Monk and antique cadences by Hayes Biggs
inspire an unexpected harmonic dance.


What might happen when the past and future collide?

A cornerstone of this program will be
a new work by Esin Gunduz
that transforms Medieval alchemy into sound”.


Voice+ | Piano+ duo

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© 2020 Esin Gunduz.
Composer | Vocal performer