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The Unit of Crystal

by Phil Durrant and Pascal Marzan

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Phil Durrant - octave mandola, madolin
Pascal Marzan - 10 string microtonal guitar

Recorded in London on 04/04/2019

Phil Durrant is a London based multi-instrumentalist. As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was one of the key exponents of the ‘group voice approach’ style of improvised music. In the late 90s, his trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn represented a shift to a more ‘reductionist’ approach. As a modularsynth player, Durrant performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The SEEN. As a mandolinist, he has been performing regularly with guitarist Martin Vishnick.


Currently living in London, Pascal Marzan performs on a 10 string microtonal guitar.

After studying classical guitar - mainly devoted to the twentieth century repertoire - and teaching guitar in several music schools in Budapest, Hungary and France, Pascal has dedicated himself to free improvisation and the exploration of microtonal tunings of his instrument. His playing has been influenced by his interest in the folk musics of Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa…

He has recorded guitar duets with John Russell, Roger Smith (Emanem records) and a trio with Sabu Toyozumi and Dan Warburton (Improvising Beings records)…



released April 10, 2020


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