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Morning Bell

Check out the track we recorded for the Undercover Presents music series, centered on Radiohead’s Kid A. Undercover is an organization, headed by the unstoppable Lyz Luke and Faultline Studios, that created monumental shows wherein Bay Area artists are asked to re-imagine entire iconic albums, track-by-track, and perform them in the order of the original album. We had the extreme good fortune to be asked to do our thing with “Morning Bell,” one of the best tracks on the album, in our humble opinion. George Hurd disappeared briefly and resurfaced with a jacked-up arrangement for an inflated ensemble, consisting of 2 bass clarinets, string quartet, piano, vibes, steel pans, electronics, and the gorgeous vocals of singer Karina Denike, who is a killer composer in her own right.

The tracks were recorded beautifully at Faultline and are now available for purchase. Check it out below, or on our Store page.

New Date Added for Undercover Presents: Radiohead’s Kid A – Mon Feb 25th

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Undercover Radiohead shows on the 23rd and 24th, and the fact that those dates sold out almost immediately, we’ve added a third date at Rickshaw Stop on Monday Feb 25th!

Tickets are still available but going fast! Get them HERE.


Undercover Presents: Radiohead’s Kid A (SOLD OUT)

We’ll be performing at the next Undercover Presents event, performing “Morning Bell” from Radiohead’s Kid A! The concert takes place on Feb 23rd and 24th at Rickshaw Stop in SF and is already sold out!

UnderCover Presents is a small grassroots collective that gathers musicians from every corner of the San Francisco Bay Area’s music scene to celebrate the broad influence of classic albums. The concept is simple: bands are invited based on their enthusiasm for the album from a range of musical genres that reflect the diverse styles and cultures that make Bay Area music unique. Each band picks a different song from the album and infuses it with their distinctive sound and personality. This time: Radiohead’s iconic Kid A.

Side A
1) Everything in Its Right Place – Rob Ewing’s Disappear Incompletely ft. Dominiqe Leone (New Electro-Jazz)
2) Kid A – Gamelan X ft. Kid Beyond (Gamelan Fusion/Bali)
3) The National Anthem – DRMS (Noir Pop)
4) How to Disappear Completely – Elizabeth Setzer and La Tania (Flamenco/Balkan Fusion)

5) Treefingers – Gojogo (Classical Fusion/Modern Jazz)Side B
6) Optimistic – Bang Data (Latin Hip-Hop Fusion)
7) In Limbo – Battlehooch (Shapeshifting Orchestral Rock)
8) Idioteque – Kid Beyond ft. ghostNOTES. + Classical Revolution (Electronic/String Chamber)
9) Morning Bell – The Hurd Ensemble (Classical Meets Electronic)
10) Motion Picture Soundtrack – Bells (Afro Indie Soul)

Guest Music Director: Elizabeth Setzer

Photo Shoot!

At long last, we’ve finally gone and put together a photo shoot for the group. We were lucky enough to hook up with the fantastic photographer/illustrator Matt Verdolivo and get some truly beautiful shots of all of us. I’m not afraid to admit it either, I’ve got some nice-looking musicians in my group! Here are a few shots to whet your appetite for the rest, which will be coming soon.


The Hurd Ensemble – (left to right) Anton Estaniel, Elyse Weakley, Jacon Hansen-Joseph, George Hurd, Solenn Seguillon-Dye, Ari Gorman

George Hurd – compositions, electronics


Solenn Seguillon-Dye – violin


Jacob Hansen-Joseph – viola


Anton Estaniel – cello


Ari Gorman – bass


Elyse Weakley – piano

SIMM New Music Series

Coming off a fantastic show with Julia Holter and Tes Elations in LA, we’re back home and looking forward to an intimate show at the Musician’s Union Hall on Sunday, June 3, 2012 – 7:30pm. We’ll be performing without a violinist this time – our first ever excursion into violin-less country – but we’re extremely excited because we get to see our powerhouse of a violist, Jacob Hansen-Joseph, step to the fore. We’ll be playing rearrangements of all of our pieces with Jacob taking on rewritten mixture of violin and viola parts that will do justice to his abilities. He’ll also be playing Hurd’s newest work for violin (arr for viola) and electronics, Navigation Without Numbers, which was premiered in April at the Switchboard Music Festival to fantastic response. This will definitely be a show to see, especially for those of you who know the pieces and want to see them in a whole new light. Hope to see you there!



The Hurd Ensemble
Obstreperous Doves (feat. Karl Alfonso Evangelista – guitar; Bill Noertker – contrabass; Jordan Glenn – drums)
For more info: Go to http://www.noertker.com/performance.html

 7:30 PM – Sunday, June 3, 2012
Musician’s Union Hall
$10 general donation/$8 students and seniors/Children under 12 are free
116 9th St. at Mission, San Francisco
(1.5 blocks from Civic Center Street BART)




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