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Durand, Werner: Schwingende Luftsaulen 3 (ANTS Records)

A beautifully hypnotic album of wind music, especially on the Pan-Ney, an instrument developed by Berlin composer Werner Durand, along with electronics and a piece using the talking drum as performed by Marika Falk, presenting early works from the 1990s that bridge both improvisation and composition with an embraceable sound that reveals underlying complexity.

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Label: ANTS Records
Catalog ID: AG24
Squidco Product Code: 30003

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Italy
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels w/ booklet
Recorded in Berlin, between 1990 and 1999, by Werner Durand, except "Pearldivers", recorded in Berlin, 1999, by Zeitblom.


Werner Durand-composer, electronics, wind

Marika Falk-talking drum

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"Here the third and final chapter of "Schwingende Luftsäulen" the series dedicated by Werner Durand to the Pan-Ney, the wind instrument of his own invention. In confront with the first two volumes this one represent a sort of flashback. In fact the five pieces on the CD present "early" works, mainly created in the first half of the 90s.

"Still Another Ocean" was composed in June/July 1991 in Ile de la Réunion, in the wonderful house of Frédéric Borne.
"M-Ocean" was composed in the summer of 1994 in the summer house of Marika Falk in Bavaria.
"Pearldivers" was also created in the same time and place, together with Marika Falk on talking drum. This is a re-mixed, unedited version of the piece, originally released on the CD "Drumming Breath"
"The Krems Five" is based on the piece "Dream Hunters" from 1990, and was created during a residency in Krems, Austria in September/October 2011. A
"Another Still Ocean" is an extension of "Still Another Ocean". Created in the mid-nineties, it is the only one of my Pan-Ney pieces in which I use a pre-recorded loop, which is also sent through delays of 7 1/2 beats.

From the liner notes by Matthias Osterwold: "The outstanding feature of (Werner Durand's) music is its paradoxical ambivalence: it is immediately accessible and yet not easily comprehensible. Its position between improvisation and composition, between intuition and construction, between stasis and movement literally hovers in the air. Its peculiar charm is obtained from a delicate balance between the archaic and the modern, between ritual trance and industrial or ambient music, between acoustic performance and digital-electronic processing in real time."


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 (, 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"."

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"Marika Falk was born in Vienna, in a Hungarian family of musicians. She plays numerous percussion instruments such as frame drums and hand drums,inclufding the tombak, darbuka, riq, daf, daire, bendir, cajon, ghatam, tar, bodhran, and talking drum.

She completed her musical studies in Munich, where she lives. For over two decades she has been involved with the traditional music of Africa and the Middle East and learned percussive techniques from several well-known masters.

She has collaborated with various project relating to Early Music, jazz, theater, world music with groups like Vox, Sarband and Nunu."

-World Music Central (

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Track Listing:

1. Still Another Ocean 6:35

2. M-Ocean 15:24

3. Pearldivers 11:10

4. The Krems Five 10:47

5. Another Still Ocean 17:10

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