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Performing original music by San Francisco-based composer George Hurd, The Hurd Ensemble unifies the worlds of electronic and classical music. All pieces are written for string quartet (violin, viola, cello, upright bass), piano and electronics, meticulously bound together with digitally-arranged sounds collected from Hurd’s travels. Absolutely no stock electronic sounds are used – every sound produced is of his own creation – recorded, edited and manipulated personally. The electronics are layered to create textures that perfectly complement the acoustic instruments, giving rise to a sound that is extremely organic despite its partially digital origins. Hurd’s music is both wildly, intricately rhythmic and aglow with shimmering harmonies and melodies. Accessible and daring, its percussive yet lyrical qualities make it at home in both concert halls and nightclubs.

The Hurd Ensemble is:
George Hurd – compositions, electronics
Solenn Seguillon-Dye – violin
Anton Estaniel – cello
Ari Gorman – bass
Elyse Weakley – piano



“With Navigation Without Numbers, Hurd treats electronics as organic components of the overall interpretation of his compositions. There are points where the electronic beat is primal in the face of chamber style strings and the contrast is riveting. Hurd 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.”
– All About Jazz

“An interesting marriage of so many different kinds of musical styles intermingling with the contemporary classical world… some of these tracks [from Navigation Without Numbers] 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.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“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.”
– Ryan Brown | Director, Switchboard Music Festival

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