Electrifying jazz rocker
Christy Doran, born in Dublin in 1949 and residing in Lucerne, has widened the spectrum of the jazz guitar. In the ‘70s, fascinated by the experimental playing of Jimi Hendrix and inspired by the free jazz movement, he started blending stylistic elements of rock and free improvisation: his electric jazz group OM or the trio Red Twist and Tuned Arrow are among the spearheading formations of Swiss jazz. Christy Doran is also in great demand as a soloist and ensemble musician: In 2015, he collaborated with vocalist Erika Stucky on the project "Doran-Stucky-Studer-Tacuma play the music of Jimi Hendrix" and followed unconventional paths with the trio Christy Doran's Sound Fountain or with "144 Strings for a broken chord", an orchestral project comprising 20 electric guitars, four electric basses and the drums. He co-founded the Lucerne School of Music, where he taught for 45 years alongside other teaching assignments. Christy Doran also composes for theatre, film and ballet.