For composer and multi-reed instrumentalist John Gunther, it’s all about communication. Whether he is playing solo over one of his own mainstream jazz tunes, or “taking it out” with a reinterpretation of a 20th century classical composition, his music remains ever accessible, intelligent and audience friendly. His interests are wide-ranging: World, Classical, experimental and Jazz music are all reflected in his work while remaining unified by his personal style and finely developed sense of structure.
“I got that sense of structure from my mother, who is a painter” he explains. “When I was very young I would look at a group of her paintings and she would ask me how my eye traveled through each one or how light and shadow would feel in relation to each other. I’ve found the concepts of balance, economy, contrast and contour to be equally important in music. Like the frame of a painting, time is the containing boundary that everything occurs within and the composer or improviser can shape this form or boundary and in a sense the listener’s emotions and thoughts. It’s a communication that transcends boundaries, and it’s exciting when both performers and audience share in that experience together.”…full bio
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