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Christy Doran's Sound Fountain: For The Kick Of It

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Released shortly before turning seventy, Christy Doran's third outing with Sound Fountain finds the Irish-born, Lucerne-based guitarist playing as well as at any time during his fifty-year career. It marks a blistering return for Doran to electric trio terrain, following the experimentation of 144 Strings for a Broken Chord (Between the Lines, 2018)—compositions for twenty electric guitars, four basses and drums—and the uncategorizable, and sonically challenging, Âme Sèche (Leo Records, 2018). The template here is broadly the same as that ...

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Walter Fähndrich - Christy Doran - Remo Schnyder - Samuel Wettstein: Âme Sèche

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The literal translation of the album title from French to English looks to be 'soul dryer,' but in reality it could imply something else. Regardless, this international quartet abides by a surfeit of unorthodoxies. And while guitar hero Christy Doran is perhaps well-known to the global avant-jazz, improvisation and jazz fusion audience, the other artists' musical appetites span noise music, classical, jazz, improvisation and a host of cross-bred musical idioms. Nonetheless, the musicians' biographies are well-beyond the scope of this ...

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Christy Doran: 144 Strings For A Broken Chord

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In a long and distinguished career, Christy Doran has fronted or been a founding member of a number of important jazz-fusion / jazz-rock groups, from the seminal Swiss band OM in the early 1970s, to current outfits New Bag and Sound Fountain. His collaborations with some of the most important jazz artists on both sides of the Atlantic, spanning some forty years, are too numerous to mention. A lesser-known facet of the Ireland-born, Lucerne-based guitarist has been his composing for ...

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Christy Doran: Undercurrent - Live at Theater Gutersloh

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Irish-born, Lucerne-based guitarist Christy Doran is as versatile as he is prolific. From the beguiling duo collaboration with Chinese pipa virtuoso Yang Jing that was No. 9 (Leo Records, 2013) and the swaggering alt-rock of New Bag's Mesmerized (Double Moon Records, 2013) to Bunter Hund's genre-busting, accordion-cum-guitar driven Walkin' The Dog (Unit Records 2014) and the experimental electro-acoustic Kontaktchemie (Boomslang Records, 2016) with drummer Alfred Vogel, Doran's music is nothing if not a moveable feast. Undercurrent--the fourteenth in a series ...

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Christy Doran: Undercurrent - Live at Theater Gutersloh

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This release by acclaimed Irish-Swiss guitarist Christy Doran (Tim Berne, Carla Bley, Pierre Favre) denotes volume 14 of the European Jazz Legends series, all performed at the German venue, Theater Gutersloh. With the trio Sound Fountain, Doran synthesizes his mega-talented musical persona, along with nods to one of his primary influences, Jimi Hendrix. Indeed, the audience was most appreciative as the trio opens the set with a capacious walking blues motif on “You'd Never Know You Know," where ...

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Christy Doran: In The Corner Of The Eye

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Celebrated Irish guitarist Christy Doran's penchant to keep reinventing his musical self is quite evident due to the disparate bands and solo projects he's undertaken for several decades. Whether imparting a jazz fusion spin on Jimi Hendrix with the band Call Me Helium Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix (Double Moon, 2005) or experimental jazz and improvisational efforts with keyboardist John Wolf Brennan and other notables, Doran's hefty discography yields a kaleidoscopic perspective. The program on In The ...

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Christy Doran's Bunter Hund: Walkin' The Dog

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Whilst many 64-year-olds look forward to retirement, Switzerland-based Irish guitarist Christy Doran on the other hand has been kicking into creative overdrive. No.9 (Leo Records, 2013) was a beguiling duo date with Chinese pipa virtuoso Yang Jing, while Mesmerized (Double Moon records, 2013) saw Doran's long-running post-rock group New Bag rejuvenated by the exhilarating vocal presence of Sara Buechi. “I don't think art should have borders or containment," Doran told All About Jazz in a 2013 interview, “there's still a ...

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Christy Doran's New Bag: Mesmerized

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Celebrated Swiss guitarist Christy Doran assets pertain to his indefatigable creative sparks, evidenced by his work in jazz-rock, avant-garde jazz improvisation or when tackling world music. And from a fundamental shedding perspective, he could hold his own with most if not all of the present guitar heroes. New Bag was created in 1997, but Swiss vocalist Sarah Buechi joined the ranks in 2012. Her presence is somewhat multifaceted as she harmonizes, scats, and often steers the melodies in ...

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Christy Doran: Mesmerized

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Guitarist Christy Doran's New Bag has negotiated its share of rough waters during its sixteen-year journey. While the ship was severely rocked by the death of drummer Fabian Kuratli in 2008 and the departure of vocalist Bruno Amstad after 12 years in 2011, Doran has soldiered on. His compositions ultimately define New Bag's personality, rather than the individuals in it at a given time dominating. The dynamic Amstad was a hard act to follow, but on the band's eighth recording ...

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Yang Jing & Christy Doran: No. 9

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Classically trained pipa virtuoso Yang Jing and Irish free-jazz/jazz-rock electric guitarist Christy Doran may seem unlikely collaborators, but closer inspection shows some common musical ground. Jing's background is Chinese classical but her spirit of adventure has drawn her to more experimental settings in duos with veteran percussionists Pierre Favre and long-term Anthony Braxton collaborator Gerry Hemingway, in a quartet with three classical guitarists and with East-West quartet Different Song and nonet First European Chinese Ensemble. Doran, too, has ventured beyond ...

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Christy Doran: New Bag, New Tricks

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The opening concert at the 14th Bray Jazz Festival in May, just half an hour outside Dublin in County Wicklow, was something of a homecoming gig for Irish guitarist Christy Doran and his quartet New Bag. Doran was born 63 years ago, just a few short miles down the road from Bray, in Greystones, though at the age of 10 his parents relocated to his mother's homeland of Switzerland, where Doran has lived and made music for the past half ...


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