Werner Durand is a composer, instrument builder, and performer based in Berlin. His interest encompasses many musical traditions: he performs his own music for saxophones, iranian ney, and self-made wind instruments since the late seventies. He studied withAriel Kalma in Paris, La Monte Young in New York, Indian classical music in India and Berlin (with Kamalesh Maitra) and Iranian ney with Ali Reza Asgharia.
Inspired by the minimalist tradition and various kinds of traditional musics from around the world, he started to create his own music and instruments with a variety of materials and playing techniques. He creates rich textural and rhythmic pieces, which might recall tribal music from Africa or the Pacific, but at the same time sounding experimental or even (post-)industrial.
He has also collaborated with numerous composers performers from various countries including Arnold Dreyblatt, David Moss, David Behrman, Henning Christiansen, Muslimgauze, David Toop, David Maranha & Catherine Christer Hennix but foremost with his partner Amelia Cuni.