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Biography

Yati Durant is a U.S. born composer, lecturer, trumpeter and conductor currently based in the UK. 

 

His first music studies in piano, composition and trumpet began at age 7, earning him many regional prizes and accolades, especially as a jazz musician.  In the early 1990’s, he co-founded the experimental jazz ensemble Honey Junkie and directed his own large jazz band The Yati Durant Project Band, composing every piece for each concert.  His efforts led to commissions co-funded by the National Endowment of the Arts with Old Town Tribute in 1996.  His studies continued with Portland trumpeter Thara Memory before moving to New York, where he began a successful stint as a TV and film music composer.

 

After receiving a commission from The Juilliard School for his string symphony The Ship, he began studies in composition at the State Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany with Polish composer Krzysztof Meyer.  Yati holds several diplomas under Krzysztof Meyer, as well as an Electronic Composition diploma under Hans Ulrich Humpert.  His critically acclaimed new score to Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent film The Battleship Potemkin earned him a prestigious first Meisterklasse Konzertexam in 2006.  He has also studied with George Crumb, Philip Lasser, Narcis Bonet, Lee Konitz and conducting with Jonathan Brett. 

 

Since 2010, Yati is Lecturer of Music, Sound and Moving Image at the Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh and Director of the Edinburgh Film Music Orchestra.  He is Director of the European Education Alliance for Music and Sound in Media at Soundtrack Cologne. He has lectured at Conservatories and Universities across Europe, and is frequently invited to International film festivals, such as the Festival du Film Aubagne and the World Festival of Animated Film Varna, to contribute to their programmes and run workshops.

 

His compositions and films have received many prizes from International festivals, including a 3rd Pl. Panorama Public Prize at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival for Erika Rabau – Der Puck von Berlin and a BAFA National Commerce Film Award nomination for the WDR/ARD documentary Ein Klavier geht um die Welt.  He is a finalist of the 2009 Concorso Giovani Musicisti Europei in Aosta, Italy with his score to C. Chaplin’s The Vagabond.  His contemporary compositions have been performed in New York, throughout Europe and Brazil, released on CD and DVD by Film Dienst/Normal Records, Filmmuseum München and he remains an active performer of jazz, with regular appearances and recordings throughout Europe and USA.   

Music for Screen

Silent Film Music

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages - 1922/2015    122 min.

composed improvisation to the silent film by Benjamin Christensen, for 7 instruments and electronics

 

Durant & Svalesen: Häxan, McLaren - 2015

various films approx. 40 min. each

experimental electroacoustic music to film

 

Jean Desmet’s Dream Factory: Smyrne, Tra le Pinete di Rodi, Tripoli, Watersnood in Noord Holland  - 2015    

4 films between 3 - 5 min. each

experimental music to the silent films 1906 - 1916 by Jean Desmet - in collaboration with EYE Amsterdam


Frankenstein - 2012    13 min.

music to the 1910 silent film directed by J. Searle Dawley for Edison Productions, for solo violin and surround electronics

Commissioned by New Media Scotland/EIFF 2012

 

Scottish Screen Archive films:  Buying a Horse, McNabs Visit, The Cat, The Enchanted Glade, The Great Train Engines - 2012    

4 films between 3 - 5 min. each

experimental improvised music to the silent films, original dates NA      

in collaboration with Scottish Screen Archive, Glasgow

 

The Vagabond - 2009/2011    26 min.

music to the 1916 silent film by Charles Chaplin, for trumpet, violin and harpsichord (2011 arrangement for orchestra) - Finalist of the Strade del Cinema Young European Musicians Award 

 

Robinet - 2009/2012   8 min.

music to the 1920(?) silent film, for trumpet, violin and harpsichord (2012 arrangement for orchestra) 

 

Von Morgens bis Mitternachts - 2009    72 min.

music to the 1920 silent film by Karl Heinz Martin, for 7 players

Commissioned by the Cologne Philharmonic, Soundtrack Cologne and the Film Museum Munich  

DVD available from Edition Filmmuseum 

CD available from Film Dienst

 

Lady Windermere’s Fan - 2008    90 min.

music to the 1925 silent film by Ernst Lubitsch, for clarinet, piano, string quartet and electronics - U.S. Federal Assistance Award 2008

 

The Battleship Potemkin - 2005    70 min.

music to the 1925 silent film by Sergei Eisenstein, for large orchestra with quadraphonic electronics

CD available from Film Dienst

Film and TV Music

Fluxsound - 2016 4 min.

music to the experimental short animation by Joan Gratz

 

Sightlines - 2014   16 min.

music to the film by Genevieve Bicknell - Scottish Documentary Institute

 

Young and Wild - 2014100 min.

music to the film by Felix Maxim Eller (Eller & Jasckiewicz Production)

Diana - 2009    28 min.

music to the film by Henri Boit - KHM

 

Ein Klavier Geht um die Welt - 2008    48 min.

music to the film by Michael Busse - ARD, WDR - Nominated for the BAFA Deutsche Wirtschaftsfilmpreis 2008

National Commerce Film Award 2008

 

Erika Rabau - Der Puck von Berlin - 2008    90 min.

music to the film by Samson Vicent - 3rd place Panorama Audience Award 2008 at the Berlin International Film Festival  


Victor - 2004    15 min.

music to the film by Michael Ester - KHM

 

Fransösich Inklusive - 2003    30 min.

music to the film by Bernd Schaarmann - CAC, WDR

    

Backstage Bistro, episodes 1 - 3 - 2001 - 2003    30 min. (each)

music to the sit-com episodes - CAC, WDR

 

Ein Bisschen Mord Muss Sein - 2000    15 min.

music to the film by Bernd Schaarmann - KHM

 

Spieletestcenter - 1999    2 min.

TV commercial - Ravensberger Spielverlag, KHM - Hennessy Cup Selection 1999

 

Clavigo - 1997    

music to the theater drama by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

HBO "Sports" - 1997    30 sec.

TV commercial - HBO, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising NYC

 

Oxy “Balance” - 1997    30 sec.

TV commercial - Grey Advertising NYC

 

Medspan “Daisy” - 1997    30 sec.

TV commercial - One Union Square Productions NYC

 

Hercules Parade - 1997    60 sec.

Radio commercial - Walt Disney World Broadcast Productions

Industrial MUSIC

40 Jahre Igus - 2004,  for the Igus 40 year anniversary celebration, Messe Köln, Germany

   

Machine Music for Igus Industries at the Industrie Paris 2004 trade show, Parc des Expositions, Paris, France


Japanese-Danish Partnership - 2003,  music to the corporate gala, Schloß Wolkenburg,  Cologne, Germany

  

Start Now! - 2000,  music to the corporate documentary by Bernd Schaarman - KHM


Addy Awards 1997 - for the Advertising Association of New York, U.S.S. Intrepid Museum, New York, New York.

Journalism and Hörspiel

Portrait of a Composer: Krzysztof Meyer - radio documentary 8 min. - 2001 - Deutsche Welle International Radio, Bonn, Germany


Cyberland - hörspiel 10 min. - 2000

CAC Köln, Germany


Der Erlkönig by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 14 min. - hörspiel - 2000

CAC Köln, Germany

Concert Music

Chamber Music

Shasta Chorale for solo piano - 2016

 

Reflections: Duo Canon for two pianos, four hands - 2016

Commissioned by Duo Biondi/Brunialti, Genoa

Hometowns Lost for soprano, violin and harp - 2014

commissioned by The Day After the Tsunami Committee, Edinburgh


Bach *A2 B2 for cello and electronics - 2013

Based on Bach's 4th Cello Suite, performed by cellist David Watkin


Mazowsze for string quartet - 2012

commissioned by the Polish Consulate General in Edinburgh

 

Śpieszmy się/Love Now for soprano and pianoforte - 2007 

commissioned by the German broadcaster ARD and C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik NYC

 

Śpiewy Polskie/Polish Songs for soprano, pianoforte, string quartet and electronics - 2006 - Commissioned by the Polish Consulate General in Cologne, U.S. Federal Assistance Award 2006

 

Blue Duality for trumpet, jazz drums, vibraphone und string quintet - 2005


Mystery of the Verse for piano trio - 2005

 

Streaming for alto and soprano recorders, harpsichord - 2004

 

Motyle for soprano and string quartet - 2003

 

Largo Affetto for solo guitar - 2003

 

Clarinet Trio for clarinet in B, pianoforte and cello - 2002

 

Woodwind Trio for oboe, clarinet in B and bassoon - 2000

 

Nina for baritone and pianoforte - 2000

 

Merit for brass quintet and 6 percussionists - 1999


Bird Songs for soprano and pianoforte - 1999


1 of 3 for pianoforte solo - 1998


Prelude for pianoforte solo - 1998


6 Solo Cello Suites - 1996


Lullaby Suite for string quartet - 1996


Collage for piano quintet - 1996


Three Pieces from Three Places of the World for string quartet - 1995

 

6 Miniatures for bass clarinet duo - 1995

 

Old Town Tribute for sextet - 1995

commissioned by the National Endowment of the Arts Fund

Orchestral Music

*A2 for string orchestra and electronics - 2014

premiered at the McLaren 2014 centenary, Playfair Library Hall, Edinburgh

 

Verse (II) for large orchestra - 2012

commissioned by the 46th Festival Musica Nova, Brazil

    

Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra - 2011 (re-orchestrated and recorded in 2016)

    

Concerto for Pianoforte and Orchestra - 2009

 

Verse for large orchestra - 2005

 

Lento for chamber orchestra - 1999

 

The Ship for large string orchestra - 1997

commissioned by Ensemble America, NYC

Electronic New Music

The End and the Beginning for Machinedrum and violin - 2015

Performance to the visual dance work by Darkland Collective at Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh


Durant & Svalesen: Spontaneous Compositions - 2015

Experimental electoacoustic music ensemble works

For more sessions, visit the Soundcloud page

 

Filagree for jazz drums and quadraphonic electronics 7 min. - 2005

commissioned by Kölner Musik Nacht 2005 

 

Transversal for percussion and quadraphonic electronics 11 min.  - 2005

 

Kasting for electronics 15 min. - 2003   

 

EVII for 4 actors and electronics 12 min. - 2000

 

Tepid for electronics 10 min. - 2000

JAzz

Yati Durant performs jazz trumpet in all genres - in the studio, stage and festivals.  He has performed and worked with Dick Berk, Lew Soloff, Ron Steen, Thara Memory, Mel Brown, Andrew Hill, Ricky Sweum, and more recently with Raymond MacDonald, Phil Dwyre, Steve Hamilton, John Troy, Jonathan Edwards, Pete Johnstone, Ed Kelly, Bill Kyle and the Jazz Bar Big Band.  He is a consistent player at Edinburgh's The Jazz Bar.  For current listings, please view their programme here.

 

His ensembles have included:

Jazz Bar Big Band (2016 -)

Jazz Bar World Premiere Quintet (2015 -)

Stik Cooke Quintet (2015  -)

Yati Durant Ensemble (1999 -)

Honey Junkie (1994-1997)

The Yati Durant Project Band (1994-1996)

Ben Medler Big Band (1994)

Dave Barduhn's Genesis (1994)

Mount Hood CC Big Band (1993)

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