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Composer George Hurd doesn’t subscribe to any of the monolithic definitions around musical categories. [He] successfully closes any preconceived gaps between electronics and traditionally composed music and what the listener is left with is sometimes warm, sometimes angular but always accessible. Overall, a captivating first effort, not confined by any of the many micro-genres in play.“
– Karl Ackermann  | All About Jazz


George and I share a passion for electro-acoustic classical music, and I have very much enjoyed the powerful and unique works he has created with his own ensemble. These pieces integrate electronic sounds and classical instruments in creative and visceral ways. The fact that George has created such interesting music while also finding creative outlets and performance spaces for his ensemble speaks volumes about his impact on San Francisco’s “post-classical” scene.”
– Mason Bates | composer; Kennedy Center Artist-in-Residence; former Chicago Symphony Orchestra Mead Composer-in-Residence


WNYC’s New Sounds with John Schaefer featured different pieces from Navigation Without Numbers in three of its episodes. Listen below:

WNYC’s New Sounds – Ep. #3836: February New Releases
(jump to 31:47 – Four Went Down)

WNYC’s New Sounds – Ep. #3839: The Sound of Abstraction
(jump to 40:13 – Hummingbird)

WNYC’s New Sounds – Ep. #3846: Chamber Music, of a Sort
(jump to 33:12 – Tethering Blind)


“An interesting marriage of so many different kinds of musical styles intermingling with the contemporary classical world… some of these tracks would not be out of place in a club.” – Soundward with Q2’s Phil Kline, from Relevant Tones, WFMT


The Hurd Ensemble is the perfect blend of electronic and classical. Sometimes crunchy, sometimes haunting, always surprising, The Hurd Ensemble will please anyone who is a fan of music and appreciates different genres.”  – Tony DuShane | SF Gate


Hurd’s music organically blends classical-style composition with the timbres and grooves of rock, jazz, and world music. It’s a natural, clearly articulated sound that encapsulates the “in-between genres” zone that Switchboard [Music Festival] seeks to explore.” – Matthew Cmiel | San Francisco Classical Voice


“George Hurd seems to have found a balance between accessibility and depth. This music sounds fresh and new while retaining its connection to its roots. And, while this combination of electronic music with classical music is being attempted by [other composers], it sounds much more naturally integrated in Hurd’s work. He regularly leaves one with impressions of various musicians or genres but the sound is always his. This is classical music’s equivalent to indie rock.” – Josh McNeill  | Josh McNeill Blog


“…The Hurd Ensemble’s music [is] BIG.  The house was packed and loudly appreciative… It’s the rhythm of the electronics that takes Hurd’s music out of the straight classical and makes it special.” – Find A Stillness

 

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