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

“... 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” program

“... sounds as if it is dentelle or some beautiful tapestry.”
Dr. Andrea Young, composer, performer, future collaborator
...about: “Lights on Inanna.”

Esin Gunduz, PhD 

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.


Ms. Gunduz had her works performed at the Banff Centre, on So Percussion’s “Brooklyn-Bound” Series, and as part of the National Sawdust Digital Discovery Festival. 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 that turns alchemical processes into sound for the NyCity-based duo: Ultrafizz.

Her most recent larger work
for mezzosoprano Rosie Middleton’s
Commissioning Series
is expected to be premiered
in 2021.

A researcher of vocal performance, Esin Gunduz has offered workshops for the Indeterminacy Festival, CS1 Curatorial Projects, and an Orchard of Pomegranates. 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, Ms. Gunduz currently lives in the United States.

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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,

© 2019 

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Composer | Vocal performer