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Neil Durant - Keyboards

Neil Durant started his journey into keyboard/synth playing with the purchase of a Korg MS10 monosynth in the 1980s, and quickly set about learning the prog keyboard craft, later adding to it with various bits of home made and second hand electronic music equipment. After involvement with a number of mostly forgettable bands, he formed the London-based progressive rock/fusion band Sphere³ with Steve Anderson, and later Bill Burnett and Jamie Fisher. Although it started as a five-piece band with vocals, it soon evolved into a fully instrumental unit, releasing its debut album in 2002 to substantial critical acclaim. Along the way, Neil made a number of temporary stand-in appearances with Grey Lady Down, and '70s cult TV/film theme tune legends The Incredibly Strange Film Band.

At the start of 2011, Neil joined IQ, following the departure of Mark Westworth, in time to celebrate IQ's 30th anniversary with the IQ30 shows, and later taking the Subterranea production around Europe and to RoSfest in the USA.

Neil was born in Yorkshire, but now lives in Surrey, England. He pays the bills working by day as a software engineer developing post-production software for the film industry.

RECOMMENDED READING:

"Bill Bruford: The Autobiography: Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks and More" by Bill Bruford. Fascinating insight into the internal workings of Yes, King Crimson, and the music industry in general.

"Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns" by Nicolas Slonimsky. The most complete reference of exotic musical patterns you can imagine. Hard work but worth it!

 RECOMMENDED LISTENING:

"Winter Truce (And Homes Blaze)" by Django Bates. Proper quirky jazz, served with a generous dollop of Englishness.
 
"Enigma Variations" by Edward Elgar. Late 19th century prog delivered by symphony orchestra. Top band!
 

RECOMMENDED VIEWING:

"An Idiot Abroad" series 1-3. Compelling viewing!
"Life of Brian" by Monty Python.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's".