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George Hurd: Navigation without Numbers

Album Summary

>Hurd, George : Four Went Down, for ensemble
>Hurd, George : Pauca, for cello, double bass, piano & electronics
>Hurd, George : The Great Magnet, for cello, bass clarinet & electronics
>Hurd, George : Navigation Without Numbers, for violin & electronics
>Hurd, George : Flucrum & Flux, for violin, cello, piano, vibraphone & electronics
>Hurd, George : Locked in Place, for ensemble
>Hurd, George : Tethering Blind, for ensemble
>Hurd, George : Tower of Babel, for electronics
>Hurd, George : Hummingbird, for ensemble
>Hurd, George : All Falling Apart, for prepared pianos
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

George Hurd is a San Francisco-based composer whose work has focused on chamber music, electronic music, and the fascinating world where they intersect. Upon moving to the Bay Area in 2007, he formed The Hurd Ensemble, an electro-acoustic chamber group made up of some of the Bay Area's best musicians, dedicated to performing his compositions for small-to-medium chamber ensemble and electronics. His work often fixates on the role of memory in music, using electronic sounds that are made entirely by him, recorded on his travels from the past 15 years, each encapsulating a memory from the place and time they were recorded. His first album, Navigation Without Numbers, features a recent composition of the same name for acclaimed violinist Carla Kihlsted. Focused on unifying the worlds of electronic and classical music, all Hurd Ensemble compositions are written for string quartet (violin, viola, cello, upright bass), piano and electronics (as well as frequent use of vibraphone, bass clarinets, harp and steel pans), and is meticulously bound together with digitally-arranged sounds collected from Hurd's travels. The electronics are layered so as to create textures that complement the acoustic instruments, giving rise to a sound that is extremely organic despite its partially digital origins. Accessible and daring, its percussive yet lyrical qualities make it at home in both concert halls and nightclubs.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ear Relevant Audio; Ex'pression Studio; Soma Electronic Studios.



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Works Details

>Hurd, George : Four Went Down, for ensemble
  • Performers: Hurd Ensemble; Jacob Hansen-Joseph (Viola); George Hurd (Electronics); George Hurd (Percussion); Solenn Seguillon (Violin); Erin Wang (Cello); Elyse Weakley (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Hurd Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hurd, George : Pauca, for cello, double bass, piano & electronics
  • Performers: Hurd Ensemble; George Hurd (Electronics); Erin Wang (Cello); Elyse Weakley (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Hurd Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hurd, George : The Great Magnet, for cello, bass clarinet & electronics
  • Performers: Hurd Ensemble; Anton Estaniel (Cello); George Hurd (Electronics); Annie Phillips
  • Ensemble: Hurd Ensemble
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hurd, George : Navigation Without Numbers, for violin & electronics
  • Performers: Hurd Ensemble; George Hurd (Electronics); Carla Kihlstedt (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Hurd Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hurd, George : Flucrum & Flux, for violin, cello, piano, vibraphone & electronics
  • Performers: Hurd Ensemble; George Hurd (Electronics); Andy McGuire (Vibraphone); Adam Murray (Violin); Erin Wang (Cello); Elyse Weakley (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Hurd Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hurd, George : Locked in Place, for ensemble
  • Performers: Hurd Ensemble; Anton Estaniel (Cello); Jacob Hansen-Joseph (Viola); George Hurd (Electronics); Andy McGuire (Vibraphone); Solenn Seguillon (Violin); Elyse Weakley (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Hurd Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hurd, George : Tethering Blind, for ensemble
  • Performers: Theresa Au-Stephen (Violin); Hurd Ensemble; Alana Grelyak (Piano); Jason Hallowed (Viola); George Hurd (Electronics); Anna Steinhoff (Cello); Stephanie Wallace (Harp); Katie Weigman (Vibraphone)
  • Ensemble: Hurd Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hurd, George : Tower of Babel, for electronics
  • Performers: Hurd Ensemble; George Hurd (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Hurd Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hurd, George : Hummingbird, for ensemble
  • Performers: Hurd Ensemble; Jacob Hansen-Joseph (Viola); George Hurd (Electronics); Andy McGuire (Vibraphone); Solenn Seguillon (Violin); Erin Wang (Cello); Elyse Weakley (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Hurd Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hurd, George : All Falling Apart, for prepared pianos
  • Performer: Hurd Ensemble
  • Ensemble: Hurd Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary