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Jon Durant

Guitarist Jon Durant brings a unique sense of texture and melody to his instrument. His distinctive “cloud guitar” soundscapes and engaging lead work have graced numerous CD recordings and film soundtracks. As executive producer of Alchemy Records, he produces recordings for internationally acclaimed artists in his small home studio. After three acclaimed albums with his group Burnt Belief (a joint venture with Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin), Jon has returned with a new solo guitar CD, Parting Is. This CD is the first time Durant has released an album of his solo guitar playing (with fretless bass on a few tracks as well). “I’d noticed in many reviews of Burnt Belief that people seemed to think that all the textural elements were keyboard based, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to demonstrate that they are all, in fact, just processed guitar.” Durant commented

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Fractal Guitar 2

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Cosmic Krautrock; Fractal Guitar 2; Mercury Transit; Ladder To The Stars; Celestial Navigation; Point Of Inflection.

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar 2

Read "Fractal Guitar 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitarist and composer Stephan Thelen's Fractal Guitar (MoonJune Records, 2018) found him stepping outside of his role in the band Sonar in a big way. An absolute feast of multiple guitars with electronic effects, live looping and soundscaping, it also featured a star-studded group of guest guitarists (not to mention a grooving rhythm section). The good ...

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Always Golden Sands

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020

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News: Recording

Keyboardist And Brian Eno Collaborator Peter Chilvers And Guitarist Jon Durant Create A Series Of Stunningly Beautiful Aural Vistas

Keyboardist And Brian Eno Collaborator Peter Chilvers And Guitarist Jon Durant Create A Series Of Stunningly Beautiful Aural Vistas

English keyboardist and Brian Eno collaborator Peter Chilvers teamed up with American guitarist Jon Durant to create a series of stunningly beautiful aural vistas, which blend ECM inspired chamber jazz improvisation with ambient music. For both artists, this recording was an opportunity to explore their introspective sides as well as their textural tendencies. Gentle melodies weave ...

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Alternate Landscapes

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019

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News: Recording

Innovative Guitarist Jon Durant Releases New Solo Guitar Album Alternate Landscapes

Innovative Guitarist Jon Durant Releases New Solo Guitar Album Alternate Landscapes

Following his acclaimed CD Parting Is, Jon Durant returns with a new solo album Alternate Landscapes. While both records are solo guitar, that’s also where the similarity ends. Alternate Landscapes expands the idea of solo guitar to include MIDI guitar triggering old school synthesizer sequences and breathy wind instruments alongside Jon’s signature cloud guitar textures. The ...

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar

Read "Fractal Guitar" reviewed by John Kelman


For his Moonjune Records debut, Stephan Thelen, USA-born/Swiss guitarist and primary composer for the post-minimalist/post-progressive band Sonar, challenges some of the foundational premises of a group that has, over almost the last decade, garnered increasing critical and popular acclaim. As informed by Robert Fripp and the guitarist's work with (and beyond) King Crimson as it is ...

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar

Read "Fractal Guitar" reviewed by John Ephland


A guitar lover's delight, the Swiss Stephan Thelen's Fractal Guitar reeks of the many splendid effects the instrument can bellow, belch, intimate, cry out and sing. And all within the narrow yet liberating, pattern-based corridors Thelen's ofttimes arhythmic funkfest conjures. With nods to David Torn, Robert Fripp, Glenn Branca and even Nik Bartsch, the aesthetic creates ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Stephan Thelen and Sonar: Minimal Grooves at Maximum Volume

Read "Stephan Thelen and Sonar: Minimal Grooves at Maximum Volume" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Sonar Live at Moods 7d Media 2018 Imagine the gamelan-infused minimalism of 1980s King Crimson crossed with the droning heavy-rock menace of Sunn O))). Imagine Steve Reich if he discovered metal and turned to devil worship. You may be approaching the distinct neighborhood of Sonar, though their strange brew is far ...


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