Dr. David Durant
Professor of Music
Director of Music Theory and Technology
David Z. Durant (b. 1957, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.) is a Professor of Music at the University of South Alabama where he is the Director of the Music Theory and Technology Program. He joined the faculty of USA in 2003. Durant received his BM and MM from the University of Florida and his DMA from the University of Alabama. His composition teachers have included Andrew Imbrie, Edward Troupin, John D. White, Fred Goossen, Harry Phillips, Marvin Johnson, and James Paul Sain. Durant is also active as a pianist.
During the 2014-2015 season, Durant presented at USA The New, Experimental, and Improvised Music Concert and the 10th Annual Electroacoustic Music Concert. He is the founder and director of both events. At the first event Jerry Alan Bush, professor emeritus of music at USA premiered Durant’s After the Impact for Piano; Durant performed with Scott Walton of Guerneville, CA an improvisation for piano and bass and an improvisation for two pianos; and Walton and Durant were joined by USA students Luke Smith and Ryan Boehme for an improvisation for piano, bass, vibraphone, and drum set. At the second event Esther Lamneck, professor of music at New York University and Cort Lippe, associate professor of music at SUNY-Buffalo were featured guests. Lamneck performed Durant’s Faji for Clarinet and Soundfile and premiered his piece Sighs of an Ancient Wall for Tarogato and Soundfile. Durant performed In the Shadow of Vulcan for Piano and Computer composed by Cort Lippe. Also on the program Peter Wood, professor of music at USA performed Durant’s Terzetto for Electronic Euphonium, Tuba and Live Trumpet. Wood also performed Terzetto at the New York University Interactive Arts Performance Series. Durant also presented a recital at the Mobile Museum of Art. He performed the premiere of his Museum Piece for piano and was joined by dancer Rita Durant on Monologue for Euphonium and Dancer. Peter Wood performed Terzetto on the program. Rudolf Haken, associate professor of music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign performed Two Pieces for Six String Viola at the museum event on his faculty recital at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Lamneck performed Sighs of an Ancient Wall for Tarogato and Soundfile at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.
During the 2015-2016 season, Durant had the following performances. At the International Computer Music Conference, Occhio peró all’acqua alta! per due trombe e file audio was performed. Ivano Ascari, professor of music at Conservatorio di Musica F.A. Bonporti Trento in Trent, Italy gave the international premiere of Whispers on a Desolate Island for Trumpet and Soundfile in Trent, Italy. Choragus Revisited for Trumpet and Soundfile was performed by Keith Benjamin, professor of music at University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, at his university and at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival. At the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, After the Impact for Piano was performed by Mary Hellman, chair and associate professor of music at Chowan University. The New York University New Music Ensemble performed Band of Lost Light for Chamber Ensemble and Video, and it was also performed at the Il Corpo la Luce il Suono Festival in Florence, Italy. Sighs of an Ancient Wall for Tarogato and Soundfile was performed by Esther Lamneck, professor of music at NYU, at the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the U.S. National Conference; at Molloy College on Long Island, NY; at the NYU Interactive Music Concert; and in Mexico at Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras, Centro de Investigacion y Estudios de la Musica and at La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Lamneck also performed Durant’s The Crystalline, Radiant Sky for Tarogato and Soundfile at Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras and the Centro de Investigacion y Estudios de la Musica in Mexico and at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. Durant performed as a pianist on his own work A Place with No Wind for Piano at the University of South Alabama. He also performed Jorge Sosa’s Unveiled Cities for Piano and Interactive Video at Centro de Investigacion y Estudios de la Musica in Morelia, MX. At the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Durant performed Cort Lippe’s In the Shadow of Vulcan for Piano and Computer.
During the 2016-2017 season, Durant had a performance of Sighs of an Ancient Wall for Tarogato and Soundfile performed by Esther Lamneck at the International Computer Music Conference held in Utrecht, Netherlands. At the Diffrazioni Multimedia Festival in Florence, Italy, Durant had The Crystalline, Radiant Sky for Tarogato and Fixed Media and The Ball Jar for Chamber Ensemble and Fixed Media performed. He presented the USA Electroacoustic Music Concert on March 21, 2017 with guest composers from New York City, Italy, Mexico, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. His work The Ball Jar was performed on this concert and Durant also performed on piano with clarinetist Esther Lamneck and on Jorge Sosa’s piece for piano, interactive media and video. Durant’s video Band of Lost Light was performed at the 5th Annual Florida Contemporary Music Festival at the University of Florida. His Sighs of an Ancient Wall was performed at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland and his work Choragus Revisited for Trumpet and Fixed Media was performed at the Virginia Tech International Trumpet Festival and at the Spectrum in NYC. The Ball Jar for Chamber Ensemble and Fixed Media was also performed by the New York University New Music Ensemble.
Durant has several performances planned for the 2017-18 season. In September, his new work for trumpet quintet and fixed media will be premiered by 5th Bridge on Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg, VA. Durant’s Sighs of an Ancient Wall for Tarogato and Soundfile performed by Esther Lamneck, professor of music at NYU, will be released on CD by the Society of Electroacoutic Music in the United States in Fall 2017. He is also completing a collection of piano pieces and beginning work on a piece for Flute, Clarinet, and Fixed Media.