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.
As a composer, Yati’s compositions and films have received many prizes from International festivals, including a 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. Recent highlights include his conducting of the Staatsorchester Braunschweig to his 2005 orchestral and electronics score for Battleship Potemkin (1925) at the opening of the Braunschweig International Film Festival and at the Murnau Film and Musikfest, Bielefeld in 2018, and the inclusion of his scores for restored films from the Jean Desmet Dream Factory collection at EYE Amsterdam in 2015. He conducted his commissioned compositional piece *A2 for the 2014 Norman McLaren Centenary at the Playfair Library, Edinburgh. Also, in 2014, Yati worked with the Scottish Documentary Institute to compose the soundtrack to the Commonwealth Games 2014 documentary Sightlines. Highlights in 2012 include commissioned performances for the Polish Consulate, performed by the Edinburgh Quartet of his composition Mazowsze, and premieres of Verse (II) by the Orquestra Sinfoônica de Barra Mansa, Brasil.
His compositions and film scores have been published on CD and DVD by Film Dienst/Normal Records and Filmmuseum München. He also has an international profile as a performer of jazz trumpet and electroacoustic music, and has performed in Italy, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, India, France, Brazil and in the United Kingdom.
Yati was employed as a Lecturer in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image at the University of Edinburgh from 2010-19. During this time, he lectured and undertook research in composition, film composition, orchestration, music analysis, music in social contexts, and music technology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His most significant accomplishment was the MSc in Composition for Screen, which he designed and directed and quickly became one of the most renowned and influential postgraduate programmes of its kind in Europe. He is Director of the European Education Alliance for Music and Sound in media (EEAMS) at Soundtrack Cologne. He is frequently invited to hold lectures, symposia, masterclasses and workshops in composition, composition for screen, improvisation and performance at major Conservatories and Universities across Europe, India and China. He holds advisory and organisation roles at several International film festivals, such as the Festival International du Film d’Aubagne and the World Festival of Animated Film Varna, and regularly contributes to their programmes and workshops.
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)
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
Journey to Self - 2019 55 min.
music to the documentary film based on the life of June Haimoff by Fehmi Gerceker
Primal Flux - 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 - 2014 100 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, soloist: Magdalena Durant
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
Screen Academy Scotland - 2016, trailer project
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.
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
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, soloist: Magdalena Durant
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, performed by the Edinburgh Quartet
Śpieszmy się/Love Now for soprano and pianoforte - 2007
commissioned by the German broadcaster ARD and C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik NYC, soloist: Magdalena Durant
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, soloist: Magdalena Durant
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 - soloist: Magdalena Durant
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
Concerto for Guitar, Percussion, Synthesiser and Strings - 2011/2016
*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 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, The Juilliard School, NYC
Saundaryalaharī 2 for two cellos, electronics and pixivisor visuals - 2018
Performance at XXIX Festival Forfest, Kroměříž, Czech Republic
With cellists Nicola Baroni and Norman Adams
Pixidust 2 for two modular synths and Pixivisor visuals - 2018
Performance at Seeing Sound 2018, Bath Spa, UK
Collaboration with Jules Rawlinson
Saundaryalaharī 1 for two pianos, four hands, electronics and pixivisor visuals - 2017
Commissioned by Duo Biondi/Brunialti, Genoa
Pixidust for two modular synths and Pixivisor visuals - 2017
Collaboration with Jules Rawlinson
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
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, David Patrick, Phil Dwyre, Steve Hamilton, Dan Shearer, 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 include:
Miles and Co. with David Patrick, Ed Kelly and Dan Shearer (2018 -)
Yati Durant/David Carnegie Quartet (2016 -)
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)