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For composer, vocalist, 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 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 members of the Talea Ensemble and ICE, the International Contemporary Ensemble. Current projects include an electroacoustic ensemble piece based on Sumerian tablets. Upcoming premieres include a work on alchemical processes for the NyCity based duo Ultrafizz, and a work for voice and electronics on texts by Enheduanna to be a part of Rosie Middleton’s Voice(less) project.

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


Festivals / Residencies / Programs attended as a Composer:

  • Banff Musicians in Residence Early Fall, 2019, Canada
  • Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, 2019, Canada
  • Montreal Contemporary Music Lab / Labo de musique contemporaine de Montréal, 2019, Canada
  • (R)evolution Resonant Bodies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, 2018, Canada
  • Avaloch Farm Music Institute, 2019, United States
  • SoundScape Festival, Italy
  • June in Buffalo, United States
  • Marshall University New Music Festival
  • Klasik Keyifler, Turkey


Composition Masterclasses with: Liza Lim, George Lewis, Brian Ferneyhough, Raphaël Cendo, Yehudi Wyner, Augusta Read Thomas, Hilda Paredes, Andrea Young, Pamela Z, Brian Hulse, Sergio Nogueria, L. D. Butch Morris.
Vocal Masterclass / Workshops with: Tony Arnold, Christine Schneider.

Composition training with: David Felder, Mark Zanter, Selen Gulun.
Vocal Training with: Nükhet Ruacan, Yıldız İbrahimova, Lea Centauri.

Ph.D. in Theory and Music Composition, 2017
M.A. in Music Composition, 2009
B.A. in Jazz Vocal Performance and Composition, 2005


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© 2019 Esin Gunduz


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