Cuni / Durand – Already Awake In The Night
Werner Durand is coming from the minimalist tradition. He performs his own music for saxophones, Iranian ney and self-made wind instruments since the late seventies, instruments which he enriched through a variety of materials and playing techniques, including digital delays, providing rich textures and ecstatic rhythms. He also started building wind instruments out of plexi-glass and PVC in the early 80s, which led to the foundation of the ensemble The 13th Tribe in 1990. He was a member of Arnold Dreyblatt’s Orchestra of Excited Strings and has collaborated with numerous composers/performers including David Behrman, David Moss, Muslimgauze, Henning Christiansen, David Toop, David Maranha and Ulrich Krieger.
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Amelia Cuni is a singer, composer and performer who has trained in the tradition of dhrupad singing. She studied in North India for more than 10 years, between 1978 and 1997, under the guidance of the renowned masters R.Fahimuddin Dagar, Dilip Chandra Vedi and Bidur Mallik. Presently, she is engaged in preserving and fostering dhrupad music as well as integrating various artistic traditions with new tendencies. Her present work includes early and contemporary music, multimedia and original compositions in collaboration with artists such as Terry Riley, David Toop, Maria Jonas a.o. She lives in Berlin with Werner Durand and teaches Indian singing at the Vicenza Conservatory in Italy.
David Trasoff is a senior disciple of the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (1922 – 2009). with whom he studied sarode performance and North Indian classical music since 1973. He has also received guidance from renowned sarode performer Dr. Rajeev Taranath. His recordings include a CD of North Indian classical music recorded with Ustad Zakir Hussain.
The music on this LP is based on the Hindustani Raag Lalit and its modulation to Raag Todi. Lalit is performed in the early morning before sunrise, Todi later on, after sunrise. Here, they are both played against a background of sine waves tuned to the raag’s intervals and going through subtle phase shifting. The restrained sinewaves tapestry, ornamented with Amelia Cuni’s voice and David Trasoff’s sarode result in a music which is radiating an austere peacefulness, verging on the hypnotic and the soothing, on the inner side intimately spiritual, on the outer side confidently elegant.