Dr. David Durant

Dr. David DurantProfessor of Music

Director of Music Theory and Technology

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.

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 performances of Sighs of an Ancient Wall for Tarogato and Soundfile performed by Esther Lamneck, professor of music at New York University, at the International Computer Music Conference held in Utrecht, Netherlands; at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland; and at the Diffrazioni Multimedia Festival in Florence, Italy where Lamneck also directed Durant’s The Ball Jar for Chamber Ensemble and Fixed Audio. The Ball Jar was also performed by the New York University New Music Ensemble, which was also directed by Esther Lamneck. Lamneck performed his The Crystalline, Radiant Sky for Tarogato and Soundfile at the University of South Alabama. Durant’s video Band of Lost Light was performed at the 5th Annual Florida Contemporary Music Festival at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, 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 2017-2018 season, began with a premiere of Durant’s composition, Lonely as Lighthouses for Trumpet Quintet and Soundfile by 5th Bridge at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg, VA. 5th Bridge performed the piece again at James Madison University in May. Durant’s Sighs of an Ancient Wall for Tarogato and Soundfile performed by Esther Lamneck, professor of music at NYU, was released on CD by the Society of Electroacoutic Music in the United States during the Fall. Lamneck also performed the piece at Stony Brook University’s Aural Architectures Series in October and at Ball State University in January. Lamneck performed Durant’s The Crystalline, Radiant Sky for Tarogato and Soundfile at The Electroacoustic Barn Dance in Jacksonville, FL in February; at the Il Corpo la Luce il Suono Festival in Florence, Italy in June; and again at the International Computer Music Conference in Daegu, South Korea in August. Lamneck also conducted his piece The Called Has Again for Chamber Ensemble and Soundfile in a performance by the New York University New Music Ensemble in February. Ivano Ascari performed Durant’s The Hero of the Desolate Island for Trumpet and Soundfile at the Teatro De La Sena in Feltre, Italy in May. In June, Patti Cudd premiered his piece Shadow of the Hawk for Vibraphone and Fixed Audio at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.

On February 7, 2019, Professor Emeritus of Music Dr. Jerry Alan Bush will give a performance of piano pieces that Durant composed and dedicated to Dr. Bush. They began their collaborations in 2004. The performance will include the premiere of Apophenia for Piano that Durant composed in 2017.