Christy Doran

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Christy Doran in 2007.

Christy Doran (born 1949) is a jazz guitarist born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Doran founded OM with Fredy Studer, Urs Leimgrumber, and Bobby Burri in the 1970s; this ensemble recorded for ECM Records. He and Studer also worked together on a Jimi Hendrix tribute project in the 1990s. Doran has worked with a number of well-known free jazz and avant-garde 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, and Carla Bley. Doran founded New Bag in 1997, and toured the world from 1998 to 2000 with the ensemble. Doran now teaches at the Musikhochschule at Lucerne.


  • Harsh Romantics (1984)
  • Christy Doran's May 84 (1985)
  • The Returning Dream of the Leaving Ship (1986)
  • Red Twist & Tuned Arrow (1987)
  • Henceforward (1988)
  • Christy Doran's Phoenix (1989)
  • Corporate Art (1991)
  • What a Band (1991)
  • Musik für zwei Kontrabässe, elektrische Gitarre und Schlagzeug (1991) (ECM)
  • Play the Music of Jimi Hendrix (1995)
  • Race the Time (1997)
  • Shaman (2000)
  • Black Box (2002)
  • Heaven Is Back in the Streets (2003)
  • Triangulation (2004)
  • Confusing the Spirits (2004)
  • Perspectives (2005)
  • Jimi (2005)
  • La Fourmi (2005)
  • Now's the Time (2006)
  • Triangulation: Whirligigs (2010)

With Joe McPhee