Dr. David Durant

Dr. David Durant

Professor of Music
Director of Music Theory and Technology

Education

  • Bachelor of Music in
    Composition
    University of Florida
  • Master of Music in
    Composition
    University of Florida
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in
    Composition
    University of Alabama

Biography

David Z. Durant (b. 1957, Birmingham, Alabama, USA) 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 active as a composer, and he occasionally performs as a pianist. At USA, he teaches Intermediate Music Theory I & II; Integrated Analytical Techniques I & II; Recording Technology; Sequencing; Music, Sound and Multimedia; Introduction to Composition; and Composition I & II.

The 2015-2016 season began with Durant having a performance at the International Computer Music Conference, held at the University of North Texas, of Occhio peró all’acqua alta! per due trombe e file audio. 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.

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