Finding the edge of musical imagination

Cansu Tanrikulu: voice

Carol McGonnell: clarinet

Eonta are two creatives who combine their experience from two different worlds of music as improvising composer-performers with a ravenous attitude in exploring the unknown.

Programme:

Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN   In Freundschaft

TANRIKULU/MCGONNELL  Rupture/ Rapture

Nick DUNSTON  Our Weeping Comet for Clarinet and Voice

Nick Dunston is an acoustic and electroacoustic composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist. Called an “indispensable player on the New York avant-garde” (New York Times), his performances have spanned a variety of venues and festivals across North America and Europe. His work explores notions of ancestral memory, materiality, embodiment, decolonization, and Afro-surrealism. As a collaborator he has worked with artists such as Marc Ribot, Moor Mother, Ches Smith, Lucrecia Dalt, Mary Halvorson, Imani Uzuri, Dave Douglas, Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey, Anna Webber, Amirtha Kidambi, Alexander Hawkins, Craig Taborn, and Vijay Iyer.

In addition to four albums released under his name, Dunston has been commissioned by artists and organizations such as Bang on a Can, JACK Quartet, A L’ARME! Festival, Ex-Aequo, Tenth Intervention, Johnny Gandelsman, TROMPO, Gaudeamus Festival, Joanna Mattrey, Ekmeles, and Joy Guidry. In 2019 he was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship by Roulette, which supported the creation of the trans-media song cycle La Operación, the double bass quintet piece The Floor is Lava!, and his debut studio album, Atlantic Extraction, which was referred to as “the debut of 2019” (JazzTimes Magazine). In 2020 in collaboration with Dogbotic Labs, he co-created “Ear Re-training”, a music composition course focusing on media-bending experimental techniques and concepts.

He, along with Katherine Young were featured as the inaugural Artists-in-Residence with Wet Ink Ensemble for the 2021-2022 season, where Dunston created his large ensemble piece Reverse Broadcast, himself performing on double bass, processed radio, and improvised Conduction. He released his trio album Spider Season in 2022 in which Pitchfork magazine noted “Even in a trio setting, Dunston’s curiosity creates a plethora of possibilities. No two songs of his ever sound alike.” He has given artist talks and presented his works at academic institutions such as University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, The University of Iowa, and Stony Brook University.

In 2023 he was nominated for the Deutscher Jazzpreis (German Jazz Prize) double bass category. Dunston currently resides and maintains an active presence in both the Berlin and New York experimental music scenes.

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