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


Esin Gunduz, PhD 
Composer | Vocal Performer

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.

Ms. Gunduz has performed her works at the Banff Centre, on So Percussion’s “Brooklyn-Bound” Series, and at the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab. Among the performers who have championed her work are Ensemble Linea and mandolinist Avi Avital, as well as the members of Talea Ensemble and ICE, the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Prominent projects include an electroacoustic ensemble piece based on Sumerian tablets and a work for the NyCity-based duo Ultrafizz that turns alchemical processes into sound.

Her most recent larger work
[ linked to further reading ]for mezzosoprano Rosie Middleton’s
Commissioning Series 
is expected to be premiered
in the UK,
in 2021.

A researcher of vocal performance, Esin Gunduz has offered workshops for Indeterminacy Festival, CS1 Projects, and an Orchard of Pomegranates. She is an adjunct professor at Villa Maria College and holds a PhD in music composition from
SUNY University at Buffalo.

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
recreate the directness of those human-voices
for ensembles”.

© 2019 Esin Gunduz.
Composer | Vocal performer

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Copyright © 2020 Esin Gunduz.
Composer | Vocal performer