Acme Studios — Christy Doran

Supporting Artists since 1972

Christy Doran

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Christy Doran is a jazz guitarist born in Dublin, Ireland, and raised in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Doran founded OM with Fredy Studer, Urs Leimgruber, and Bobby Burri in the 1970s. He and Studer also worked on a Jimi Hendrix tribute project in the 1990s. Doran has worked with free jazz and avant-garde jazz musicians such as Marty Ehrlich, Robert Dick, Ray Anderson, Han Bennink, Albert Mangelsdorff, Louis Sclavis, Marilyn Mazur, Herb Robertson, John Wolf Brennan, Patrice Héral, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Phil Minton, Joe McPhee and Carla Bley. Doran founded New Bag in 1997 and toured the world from 1998 to 2000 with the ensemble.

During his stay at Landis & Gyr in 2016 Doran wrote a composition for 20 electric guitars, four electric basses and drums. The composition 144 Strings for a Broken Chord has been played at the Stanser Musiktage Festival and is recorded for Between the Lines Records.

Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Switzerland

The Landis & Gyr foundation awards studio scholarships to Swiss artists and cultural professionals in London, Budapest, Sofia and Zug. Its London-based residency partnership with Acme was established in 1987, and provides six month long work/live opportunities for ten Swiss artists per year. Artists are selected for the programme directly by Landis & Gyr Stiftung and must demonstrate a track record of achievement in their field. Over two hundred visual artists, curators, writers, musicians and composers have benefitted from the programme. Residencies are based in Stepney, E1 and are available to Swiss residents only

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