Switzerland-based Irish guitarist
a founding member of the Swiss free-jazz and jazz-rock quartet Om with saxophonist Urs Leimgruber, drummer Fredy Study and bassist Bobbi Burri that released Kirikuki (october 1975), Rautionaha (december 1976), OM with Dom um Ramao (august 1977) and especially Cerberus (january 1980),
established his credentials as a "creative" improviser through the solo albums Harsh Romantics (october 1984),
The Returning Dream Of The Leaving Ship (june 1986),
Phoenix (april 1990) and What a Band (june 1991). Among his projects were Corporate Art (june 1991), a tight quartet with saxophonist Gary Thomas, bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bobby Previte, and the abstract jazz-rock quartet with vocals New Bag, that debuted with Confusing the Spirit (march 1999).
Half A Lifetime (april 1979) with Studer,
Red Twist & Tuned Arrow (november 1986) with Studer and keyboardist Stephan Wittwer,
Henceforward (may 1988) with pianist John Wolf Brennan,
Doran/Studer/Burri/Magnenat (august 1989), featuring three members of Om and bassist Olivier Magnenat,
Musik Fur Zwei Kontrabasse, Elektrische Gitarre & Schlagzeug (may 1990) for the same quartet,
Shaman (2000) with cellist Boris Salchak, and percussionist Airto Moreira,
Triangulation (august 2003) with pianist John Wolf Brennan and cellist Patrice Heral.
Christy Doran's New Bag, with guest vocalist Bruno Amstad, released
Take The Floor And Lift The Roof (may 2011), a heavily electronic work
(Hans-Peter Pfammatter on keyboards and Vincent Membrez on mini-Moog synthesizer).
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