Werner Durand

Coming from the minimalist tradition, Werner Durand is a German-born composer, instrument builder and performer. His music has evolved into a personal style over the years. Inspired by various kinds of traditional musics and instruments, he started to create his own music and instruments reflecting this. A variety of materials and playing techniques enables him to bring out unusual sounds and with the help of digital delays he can create rich textural and rhythmic pieces, which might recall tribal music from Africa or the Pacific, but at the same time sounding experimental or even (post-)industrial. Werner Durand has collaborated with numerous composers / performers including David Behrman, John Driscoll, Samm Bennett, Fast Forward, David Moss, Muslimgauze, Henning Christiansen, Dominique Regef, David Maranha, David Toop & Tom Recchion as well as with visual / sound artists Michaela Kölmel, Andreas Oldörp and Rolf Julius. He was a member of Arnold Dreyblatts Orchestra of Excited Strings from 1990-1997.

See also Tonaliens (Amelia Cuni>, Werner Durand, Robin Hayward, Hilary Jeffery & Ralf Meinz).

(external link : wernerdurand.com)
Werner Durand - Clearing (vinyl LP)
Aguirre Records
The first published recording by Amelia Cuni, Werner Durand (fusing her Indian Raga singing in the Dhrupad style with his minimalist and experimental approach) and Uli Hohmann (joining them in a range of hand drums from the Middle East and North Africa, plus a dulcimer-sounding hammered guitar).
Werner Durand - Diasporagas - Ancient Trends and New Traditions in Indo-European Music (vinyl LP)
Edition Telemark
An overview of the fruitful long-standing collaboration between Amelia Cuni, specialist of Indian dhrupad singing, and minimalist experimental musician Werner Durand.

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