John Gunther’s musical travels have taken him from straight-ahead-jazz with renowned big bands, to interpretations of Native American melodies and forays into contemporary classical music. Safari Trio is John’s latest venture into musical textures and melodies from around the world, from Indian Raga, Arabic Maqam, Balkan dances, and African rhythms. Performing on an assortment of flutes, saxes and clarinets, John blends a variety of styles and cultures with his own compositions.
He has performed or recorded with John Abercrombie, Buddy DeFranco, Dizzy Gillespie, Tom Harrel, Dewey Redman, Joe Williams, The Woody Herman Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and The Maria Schneider Orchestra. He was composer in residence for The Toronto Fringe Dance Festival in 2003 and has composed the music for several independent feature films and animations. As part of New York city's "downtown" music scene for many years, he produced five recordings for Creative Improvised Music Projects (CIMP)and is co-founder of the groups "Convergence," and "Spooky Actions” which was twice invited to perform at the “Alternativ” festival in Moscow. He has received grants from “Meet the Composer” and the National Endowment for the Arts and is an Assistant Professor at University of Colorado at Boulder.