Friday
07. October 2005

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Werner Durand SWINGING COLUMNS OF AIR & FLICKERING CHAMBERS OF THE HEART



for pan-ney, digital delays, heart sounds

The pan-ney was invented by Werder Durand in the mid-80s. It is a kind of pan pipe made of plexiglass pipes, yet with an open bottom. The blowing technique is that of an Arabic-Turkish ney. The tuning is Pythagorean, that is, derived from pure quints. The pieces Dreamhunters and Pearldivers are based on rhythmical patterns which are overlain by digital delays and repeated in rhythmical shifts. Despite the traces of minimalism, the works also generate associations to flute ensembles from Africa or the Pacific area. Loops of sounds from the heart, taken from the record edition "Auskultationsbefunde des Herzens", tense up to form drum ensembles and melt with the pan-ney’s blown patterns to a sort of jungle orchestra.

Werner Durand studied with Ariel Kalma in Paris, Indian classical music in India and Berlin, as well as the Indian flute. In the early 1980s he started to build wind instruments from plexiglass and PVC. He wanders between the worlds of New Music, experimental rock, free jazz, and extra-European music. His musical style originates in a minimalist tradition, yet he has created a style of his very own. A variation of materials and playing techniques enables him to come up with unusual sounds—as "delaytant", as he sometimes likes to call himself.
© Angelo Redaelli

© Angelo Redaelli