Music producer, musician, and director of Stonetree Records.
Award-winning music producer and musician Ivan Duran has been working in the Central American and Caribbean region for the past 15 years, producing and releasing a steady stream of impressive titles under his label Stonetree Records in Belize, one of the region’s leading independent record label and music recording studio. To date he has produced over 40 albums of which many have received international critical acclaim. Duran particularly introduced the world to Garifuna music with artists like Aurelio and Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective, receiving the prestigious WOMEX award alongside the late great Andy Palacio for their work on the chart topping Watina album, voted by Amazon.com as the #1 World Music album of all time.
Since 2011, Duran, who is now also based in Montreal has put his experience to work for international artists who share his vision of a new “World Music” which pushes the boundaries of traditional music styles and reinvents classic genres. He produced Drew
Gonsalves’ project Kobo Town which was released worldwide to great critical acclaim reaching the #1 spot on the World Music Charts Europe, # 5 on the US Billboard Reggae Charts, #1 on the Canadian College Radio Charts and was included in the long list of the Polaris prize and Juno nominated.
In 2012, he also produced the ground breaking, Juno nominated album, Black Birds Dancing Over Me by Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective.
In 2015 he produced the critically acclaimed Calypso Rose album “Far From Home.” collaborating with Manu Chao and Kobo Town’s frontman Drew Gonsalves. The album was at the top of the sales charts in France and was certified gold in September of 2016.