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Hurd Ensemble Wins 2017 Shenson Award

cmclogo_web_stacked_asymWe’re happy to announce that The Hurd Ensemble is the recipient of a 2017 Shenson Award, a grant given to musicians and ensembles to fund a free performance of their work at the San Francisco Community Music Center. The end result is a concert on Jan 27, 2017 where we’ll be premiering two pieces by George Hurd (alongside music from our album Navigation Without Numbers) –  these exciting, contrasting pieces are Saint Claire – a wildly percussive world-premiere based on Hurd being rescued at sea by a wandering, old sailor and the life-affirming effects of getting close to death; and the SF-premiere of Grace, a shimmering, time-stretching piece co-composed with Joel St. Julien based on trying to achieve a life of simplicity and peace.

Jan 27 – 8:00PM – FREE
Community Music Center
544 Capp St. San Francisco, CA

Kennedy Center performance

kencen_groupOur Kennedy Center show was hands-down the most exciting performance our group has ever experienced. It was amazing to walk out on stage in the gloriousness that is the Grand Foyer and see not just a packed house, but people standing by the dozens in the back and spilling down the staircases to the sides as were there were no more seats to be had. The sound was impeccable, and the lighting was gorgeous, all thanks to the wildly professional crew that works there.

But the best part of it all is that they filmed the entire performance, so anyone who wasn’t there can enjoy it. Watch the full video below:

Navigation Without Numbers out now on Innova Recordings!

726708693725-front-cover2618002_300x300Navigation Without Numbers is out now on Innova Recordings! Featuring stunning performances from The Hurd Ensemble and numerous other Bay Area musicians (Erin Wang, Andrew Maguire, Annie Phillips), it also includes a piece written for and performed by the unparalleled violinist Carla Kihlstedt (Tin Hat, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Two Foot Yard, Rabbit Rabbit Radio).

 
orton_m_roundtable-770x437And to top things off it, it was mixed by award-winning engineer and film composer Mark Orton (Nebraska, The Good Girl, My Old Lady), who was instrumental in helping to polish and edit the absurd number of recordings into the shiny product you see before you.

 

Purchase the album now from iTunes/Amazon/Google Play below, and sign up for our mailing list so we can let you know about all the exciting new projects and tours we have coming up:

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Navigation Without Numbers out Feb 26th on Innova Recordings – pre-order now

Wildly excited to announce the release of our new 726708693725-front-coverrecord, Navigation Without Numbers, out on Innova Recordings Feb 26th! So much hard work, hustle, sweat and tears went into this that it feels
glorious to finally release it out into the world. Filled with amazing performances from our core musicians in San Francisco, as well as a number of fantastic Chicago-based players, the record was also mixed by award-wining engineer and film composer Mark Orton (Nebraska, The Good Girl, My Old Lady), and also includes a piece written for and performed by the unparalleled violinist Carla Kihlstedt (Tin Hat, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Two Foot Yard, Rabbit Rabbit Radio).

You can pre-order the album now from iTunes and Amazon below, and sign up for our mailing list so we can let you know about the record release and other new projects on the horizon:

 

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Meridian Gallery

Yes indeed, the time has come for another all-too-rare appearance of The Hurd Ensemble, this time at the lovely Meridian Gallery in the heart of San Francisco. We’re appearing as part of their Composers in Performance series, highlighting the role of composers who, as the name suggests, take part in performing their own music. Needless to say, it’s a totally different experience than having people play your work while you watch from the sidelines (not that that isn’t great, too), but it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase how much we influence each other on stage and off, and perform as a single unit.

We’ll be playing some new music too, an exceptionally electronics-heavy Mellotron-obsessed piece called Left Where It Fell that we’ve never performed in public as a group. Listen to an excerpt of the piece below:

This show will run the gamut from insanely rhythmic electro-acoustic pieces to sparse, purely acoustic chamber music – consider it a full-spectrum sampler of all the music I’ve written for the Hurd Ensemble over the years.

 

Meridian Gallery +Meridian Gallery - 2/8/14

Sat, Feb 8th – 8pm 
$10, $8 students/seniors
535 Powell St, San Francisco

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Thanks for reading. See you Saturday!

-G

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