Durians
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Durians

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States
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"Musical Happenings in and around the Capital City"

The Langdon Street Café hosts a farewell show of sorts tonight for the enigmatic local electronica trio known as Durians. It seems that bandmates Nick Kirschnet and Eli Chalmer are moving on to the more concrete pastures of New York City. Perhaps they'll find a better reception for their wildly creative mix of live instrumentation and computer generated tunes in the Rotten Apple, as it just did not seem to be catching on here. I for one am always impressed with their performance, and happen to think they are one of the best purveyors of new music around these parts. They are also some of the more uncompromising musicians around when it comes to their material, so perhaps it was just over a lot of folks' heads. For those looking for something heady, however, you can't go wrong tonight at LSC starting at 9 p.m. for a mere $5. Farewell boys and good luck in the big city! - The Times Argus - writer Ed Dufresne


"Musical Happenings in and Around the Capital City"

...Former Montpelier residents Nick Kerschnit, Eli Chalmer and Simon Plumpton have named their latest band after a rare and exotic fruit, and it's certainly an accurate name for the unique and adventurous electronic music the trio is making. This is live-instrument electronic music on steroids, featuring dance-inducing break-beats and drum and bass amongst a psychedelic swirl of sonic delights. I'd bet my last dollar that this is some of the more exciting new music coming out of our fair state...

-Ed Dufresne, 8/28/09 - The Times Argus, Montpelier/Barre, VT


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Still working on that hot first release.

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"...This is live-instrument electronic music on steroids, featuring dance-inducing break-beats and drum and bass amongst a psychedelic swirl of sonic delights. I'd bet my last dollar that this is some of the more exciting new music coming out of our fair state..." -Ed Dufresne, Montpelier Times Argus, 8/28/09

Named after the south-east Asian "King of Fruits," this powerful Electronica trio is a boundary-buster. In a genre dominated by DJs, Durians' innovative use of dynamic synths, electrified brass instruments, live drums and Acoustic-MIDI hybrids has made them trailblazers. Based out of Brooklyn, NYC, the group brings dynamic improvisation to the often static world of Electronica. Playing a network of "instrument-machines," the group has held live audiences captive wherever they've gone, immersing them in the full sonic spectrum and inciting psychedelic dance-fests.

The troupe began in Burlington, VT with multi-instrumentalists Eli Chalmer and Nick Kirshnit, as well as DnB/rock drummer Simon Plumpton. Chalmer and Kirshnit were classically trained as youths to be orchestral musicians, and they combine this training with influence from such artists as Bonobo, the Cinematic Orchestra, Radiohead, Sonic Youth, Amon Tobin, Infected Mushroom and Squarepusher to invent their new sound. Added to the mix, the worldly skills of Simon Plumpton, who was born in India and raised in England before settling in Vermont. Plumpton is featured in all current videos and audio recordings.

On June 1st, the band re-located to New York City and picked up a new drummer, Jersey-born, North Carolina-raised Ryan Ramirez. With Ramirez, the group blasted forth with new live grimy Dub-step techniques and blazing drum n' bass anthems.

Durians are currently recording their first album, which will be released by Winter of 2010.

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