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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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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 ...

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 ...

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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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 ...

Parting Is

Label: Alchemy Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Clouds in Advance; Open Window; Travels Within; The Room Where She Waits; Before the Rain Falls; Evolve in Place; Ecliptic Shadows; Returning to the Departure; Willamette Fog.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jon Durant: Parting Is

Read "Parting Is" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Imaginative guitarist Jon Durant, co-leader of the band Burnt Belief with Colin Edwards of Porcupine Tree, traveled between the East Coast and his second home near Portland, Oregon, to produce this set of solo guitar works. Yet, according to the artist, the album title reflects the “sweet sorrow" that occurs after his wife visits for a ...

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Minimalist Guitar: Clouds and Dreams

Read "Minimalist Guitar: Clouds and Dreams" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Jakob Bro Returnings ECM Records 2018 Jakob Bro sounds quiet (even by his standards) on his third date for ECM, following up the aptly-titled Streams (ECM, 2016) with a recording even more spare and contemplative. His telepathy with favorite collaborator Thomas Morgan stays close as ever, while Palle Mikkelborg provides ...

Parting Is

Label: Alchemy Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Clouds in Advance; Open Window; Travels Within; The Room Where She Waits; Before the Rain Falls; Evolve in Place; Ecliptic Shadows; Returning to the Departure; Williamette.


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