группа Gungor

Нещодавно, після чергового відвідування одного з друзів в США (до речі познайомилися ми з ним на конференції Passion 2010 в Атланті), почув про порівняно новий американський гурт Gungor. В минулому році (2010) вони записали свій черговий новий альбом, який називається “Beautiful things”.

Отож, хто такі Gungor, звідки вони з’явилися і що за музику вони грають? Раніше гурт називався Michael Gungor Band і лише нещодавно змінив назву на коротшу. В принципі склад гурту змінюється від випадку до випадку (запрошуються сесійні музиканти) але його ядро складають четверо:  Michael Gungor – вокал, акустична гітара, Lisa Gungor (дружина) – вокал, клавішні, Brad Waller – гітара, Josh Harvey – бас. Офіційно гурт існує з 2003 року.  За останні 8 років музиканти записали шість альбомів:

  1. Beautiful Things, 2010 [Brash]
  2. Ancient Skies, 2008 [Brash]
  3. All I Need Is Here, 2007 [Worship Together]
  4. Ancient Skies EP, 2006 (independent)
  5. Battle Cry: Worship From the Frontlines, 2005 [Integrity]
  6. Bigger Than My Imagination, 2003 [Integrity]

Але лише з останнім альбомом “Beautiful Things” гурт змінив назву і зазвучав зовсім по іншому. Щоб більше зрозуміти їхню музику, можна прослухати акустичну версію однієї з основних пісень їх нового альбому. Дивитися “Beautiful Things” acoustic на You Tube.

Історія приходу Майкла Гангора до тієї музики, яку він грає зараз найбільш красномовно описана ним самим на офіційному сайті гурту. Ось деякі витримки з тексту (наразі англійською):

Two minutes in to Beautiful Things, the new CD by Gungor, the listener realizes, “Wow. This is really different. And it’s really good.”

A lot has changed in the past few years for Michael Gungor and his bandmates: new band name, new location, new church, a stellar new sound, and most importantly a new understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.  “The story of God has gotten bigger to me,” relates Gungor, who is perhaps best known for co-writing distinguished songs like “Friend of God” and the Dove Award-winning  “Say So.” “We had become ‘professional’ Christians. We got to the point where we needed to figure out how to be the church in a more honest way for us.”

This bigger story of God shows up onBeautiful Things in songs born of an honest journey of faith and a struggle with what should result from worship. “If leading worship is just about bringing a group of people into a room so we can get goosebumps and sing songs together, there’s not much value in that. But if leading worship is a means to an end, that we leave this place as a different kind of people, as part of a new humanity that God wants to create – the people that are caring for the widows and orphans, that aren’t bound by the systems of this world but becoming free, becoming fully engaged in our world – then that matters.”

It is fascinating to see what has gotten Gungor to this point of introspection. He has been leading worship since he was 12 years old, if you count an audience of 2- and 3-year olds. From there he graduated to children’s church, then youth group, then adults. Gungor studied jazz in college, then connected with teen ministry Acquire the Fire and a position at Resurrection Life Church in Michigan.

As Gungor’s idea of God changed, so did his idea of church, so he and his wife moved to Denver and eventually founded a community of believers called Bloom. The connection between worship and social justice became concrete in Denver, and the outcome is evident on Beautiful Things.

“Musically, it’s kind of odd,” says Michael. “We rock pretty hard, then we pull out the banjo and sit around and cry together.” Indeed, the album closes with an extended instrumental session recorded live at a house in the Rockies, punctuated by a deeply emotional response to God’s presence.

His reflective analyses of the foundations of his calling have even led Michael Gungor to change the name of his band. The former Michael Gungor Band, whose 2008 debut on Brash Music, Ancient Skies, garnered critical acclaim, is now simply Gungor. “With where I’d like to go as a band, ‘The Michael Gungor Band’ doesn’t make sense,” says Michael. “So we’re changing the name to Gungor, to be a little less concretely about one front person. I don’t want this band to simply be about me.”

Just as the band is about far more than one person, this album is about a God so great and grand that our response should be deep, creative, and passionate. In Beautiful Things, Gungor has achieved just that.

Ось такі вони Gungor. Дізнайтеся більше про них послухавши їх музику!!  Сторінка Gungor на MySpace

  Gungor - альбом Beautiful Things