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Durand, Werner : Schwingende Luftsaulen 2 (ANTS Records)

A beautifully hypnotic album of saxophone, accompanied by Pan-Ney, Shruti Box and Organ, recorded in overdubs by composer/wind player Werner Durand in this 2nd chapter of his trilogy focused on the Pan-Ney, a self-built instrument for repetitive foundations, as Durand draws on elements of nature, mythology, dance, religion, literature and folklore.
 

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Artwork by Karlheinz Bux and extensive liner notes by Adelio Fusé.

Label: ANTS Records
Catalog ID: AG19
Squidco Product Code: 28285

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Italy
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold w/ booklet
Recorded in Berlin, Germany, in 2016 and 2017, by the artist.


Personnel:

Werner Durand-composer, performer, tenor saxophone, Pan Ney, Shruti Box, organ

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Artist Biographies:

"Werner Durand performs his own music for saxophones, iranian ney, and self-made wind instruments since the late seventies. He studied with Ariel Kalma in Paris, Indian classical music in India and Berlin (with Kamalesh Maitra) and Iranian ney with Ali Reza Asgharia. He started to build wind instruments out of plexi-glass and PVC in the early 80s, which led to the foundation of THE THIRTEENTH TRIBE in 1990.

Performing worldwide, he participates in international festival and cultural exchange programs. He has composed music for theater, dance and radio features and is presently engaged in several CD productions and musical projects. Coming from the minimalist tradition, Werner Durands 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.

His current projects include ASHTAYAMA with Dhrupad singer Amelia Cuni; ANCIENT TRENDS & NEW TRADITIONS IN INDO-EUROPEAN MUSIC with Amelia Cuni and percussionist Marika Falk; the group ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER with Sebastian Hilken (cello and percussion), Hella v. Ploetz (glassharp) and Silvia Ocougne (ac.guitars), a duo with australian gitar(t)ist Victor Meertens , and providing drones for Amelia Cuni..s Realisation of 18 MICROTONAL RAGAS (SOLO 58) FROM SONGBOOKS by John Cage and Fatima Miranda´s CANTOS ROBADOS. Werner Durand has also 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. In 1989 he received a grant from the city of Berlin for the Cité des Arts, Paris. He was granted a residency at Podewil (Berlin) for 1999 together with Amelia Cuni. For 2003/4 he received a grant for the Worpswede artist colony. He has collaborated in the organization of festivals of traditional as well as avant- garde music in Berlin like "Urban und Aboriginal", "Pipeline" , "USArts" , "Minimalisms " and "Intonations"."

-Last.FM (https://www.last.fm/music/Werner+Durand/+wiki?ver=1)
11/11/2019

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track listing:


1. Spiegel 9:56

2. Wald 36:39

3. Panga 13:27
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Schwingende Luftsäulen 2 is the second chapter of a trilogy featuring the Pan-Ney with its tubes or columns of vibrating air (Schwingende Luftsäulen, in fact). This second chapter, in which the Pan-Ney is flanked by the tenor sax, reconnects where the first one ends (ANTS, 2017), and proceeds along a path that is coherent and uniform, and whose imaginative ideas go beyond the strictly musical sphere.

Wald (forest) is the centerpiece of the three works that make up Schwingende Luftsäulen 2. It is the forest with its multiple meanings, real and symbolic, mythological, religious, literary, folkloric. The forest as a place that is sacred or magical, dreamlike or fairy-tale. A place of adventure and misadventure, to trek through with a view toward growth or rebirth.

In Spiegel (Mirror), dedicated to the Tonaliens Ensemble, the Pan-Ney and the tenor saxophone weave a layered dialogue in which they call and respond to each other. Not only. In their 'mirroring conversation' the two instruments seem to suggest a choreography. Durand's music stands out for its ability to make some 'scenes' visible. In the dance evoked in Spiegel the gestures - and perhaps even the bodies - appear suspended and rarefied, just as the music is suspended and rarefied, while, during listening, time expands beyond the duration of the piece. Music and dance remain there, in midair, even at the end of the ritual.

Panga, for Pan-Ney, tenor sax and digital delay, contains an allusion to nature. Panga (note the morpheme "pan", which refers to Durand's instrument) is the name of a plant that grows in New Zealand but that occurs in the botany of other areas of the planet (for example, in the Amazon) in connection with ancient practices both pharmacological and aphrodisiac. But the plant could easily belong to a manual of imaginary botany, if one thinks that nature, for Durand, is both a source of real inspiration and a place to reinvent according to subjective visions and coordinates."

Tunings: "Spiegel" uses a Just Intonation tuning first used by The Tonaliens Ensemble, consisting of 3 perfect fifths: 1/1- 3/2; 13/8-39/32; 8/7-12/7. It is dedicated to its members Amelia Cuni, Hilary Jeffery and Robin Hayward. "Wald" & "Panga" both use tunings derived from harmonics 2,3 & 7. "-Ants Records


Artwork by Karlheinz Bux and extensive liner notes by Adelio Fusé.
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