Jon Durant brings a unique sense of texture and melody to his instrument. His unique “cloud guitar” soundscapes and engaging lead work have graced numerous CD recordings and film soundtracks and his very distinctive use of fretless guitar has been widely admired.
He has previously released 9 solo albums and three Burnt Belief records (with Colin Edwin).
Durant’s acclaimed 2018 solo release “Parting Is” was his first “solo guitar’ recording and the follow up solo guitar album “Alternate Landscapes” continue to stretch the boundaries of what a guitar record can sound like.
Both solo CDs have been nominated for “Best Ambient Album” in various US new age radio publications, while “Alternate Landscapes” also spent multiple weeks at the top of the NACC Chill Charts.
In addition to his 9 solo albums, Jon Durant has released three albums with his band / project Burnt Belief (with Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree).
Burnt Belief on Bandcamp
Durant was also featured on the Astarta / Edwin album which was released in 2016 and the group played festivals in Kiev and London. Durant, Colin Edwin and Astarta singer Inna Kovtun will have a new CD later in 2019 which will feature a completely unique and modern take on traditional Ukranian folk music, with a blend of progressive rock, ambient, and pop elements.
Colin and Jon first worked together on Jon’s album Dance of the Shadow Planets, along with percussionist Jerry Leake and violinst Caryn Lin.
Legendary bassist Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Stick Men, etc…) played on 5 of Durant’s albums: Flood, Things Behind The Sun, Brief Light, Anatomy of a Wish, Silent Extinction Beyond the Zero.
Drummer / Percussionst Vinny Sabatino and Jon Durant have a lengthy working relationship dating back to the mid 1990s. Sabatino played on five of Jon’s solo albums (Flood, Things Behind The Sun, Brief Light, Anatomy of a Wish, Silent Extinction Beyond the Zero) and two Burnt Belief albums (Etymology and Emergent). In addition, Sabatino joined Burnt Belief for their live show which closed the inaugural Progtoberfest festival in Chicago.
Durant and Sabatino have also collaborated on recordings with Keyboardist Michael Whalen, singer Ray Greene, and guitarist Kingsley Durant (Jon’s brother).
Guitarist / Composer Stephan Thelan (from the band Sonar) recently released a solo album “Fractal Guitar” on which his minimalist rock grooves were augmented with a host of original guitar voices. Durant’s cloud guitars were featured alongside David Torn and Marcus Reuter on the album’s opening track “Briefing for a Descent Into Hell”.
Jon Durant also was featured as a soloist on every track of Stephan’s 'Fractal Guitar 2' which came out in January 2021.
Stephan Thelen's Fractal Guitar 1 on bandcamp
Stephan Thelen's Fractal Guitar 2 on bandcamp
Keyboardist / Composer Michael Whalen and Durant have worked together on multiple projects since the late 1990s. Whalen played piano on Durant’s album Brief Light, meanwhile Jon guested on several of Whalen’s albums and film scores, including the PBS special, Shape of Life. Most recently, Durant appeared on the closing track of Whalen’s album “The Fire Brigade”, “Blues for You.”
Michael Whalen on Bandcamp
Peter Chilvers is a musician and software designer. Best known for creating the iOs applications Bloom, Trope, Scape and Reflection with Brian Eno, he has also toured with Karl Hyde (Underworld) and recorded numerous albums with vocalists Tim Bowness and Sandra O’Neill, as well as several solo instrumental albums. Many of these were released through Burning Shed, the online label he co-founded in 2001 with Tim Bowness and Pete Morgan.
Robert Jürjendal is an Estonian guitarist and composer who studied classical guitar and composition (Anti Marguste) at Tallinn Georg Ots Music School.
In 1992-1997 he participated in Robert Fripp Guitar Craft Courses. He has written music for classical and contemporary guitar, cembalo, mixed ensembles, choirs; documentaries, art exhibitions and theater.
His compositions include both traditional and contemporary elements, from folk music to post-rock and ambient -jazz. Robert Jürjendal is working as a freelancer composer / artist / lecturer. He is also the curator of the music program SOOLO at Tallinn Art Hall. Recent albums include Source Of Joy (Unsung Records 2013), Balm Of Light (iapetus - media 2014) and Simple Past (Strangiato Records 2016). Another World (with Colin Edwin) (Hard World 2018), Five Seasons (Albany Records 2018), With Noya and Godwin, Samliku ( New Dog Records 2019), with Sandor Szabo Electric Poetry (Greydisc 2019)
He also rocks.