Amelia Cuni & Werner Durand

Amelia Cuni (born in Milan, lives and works in Berlin) is a singer, composer and performer. She has trained her voice and musical skills in India, according to the tradition of dhrupad singing and kathak dance. Her present work includes contemporary music and multimedia collaborations with several artists of international repute (she interpretated—with Werner Durand—the 18 Microtonal Ragas: Solo 58 by John Cage, a cycle of 18-scale patterns from the collection Song Books (1970). She is engaged in the transmission of the knowledge she has acquired from her gurus and teaches Indian singing at the Vicenza Conservatory in Italy.

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).

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 Amelia Cuni & Werner Durand - Diasporagas - Ancient Trends and New Traditions in Indo-European Music (vinyl LP)
French edition
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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