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George Hurd

George Hurd is a San Francisco-based composer whose work focuses on classical composition, electronic music, and the endlessly fascinating world where they intersect. He heads 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 variable-sized chamber ensemble and electronics. His work often fixates on the role of memory and location in music, using electronic sounds that are made entirely by him, recorded from his life and on his extensive travels, each encapsulating a specific memory from the place and time they were recorded.

To this end his newest endeavor, Echolocation, takes this idea even further. A travel-centric subscription project that focuses on his music made from location-specific audio recordings captured while traveling across Europe, New Zealand, North America and even a small part of Africa. Learn more at www.georgehurd.com/echolocation.

In addition to his work with his ensemble, he has composed over a dozen electro-acoustic pieces, many acoustic chamber music pieces, and a sprawling catalog of works for solo electronics. His debut album with The Hurd Ensemble, Navigation Without Numbers, was released on Innova Recordings and includes a composition for violin and electronics written for the brilliant violinist/composer Carla Kihlstedt. His piece Crépuscule, commissioned and premiered by Elevate Ensemble, was written for chamber ensemble and electronics using only sounds recorded within the city of Paris, France.

He has written numerous film scores including co-composing the Wider Production documentary To the Edge of the Sky with acclaimed film composer Mark Orton.  He previously scored the feature-length doc, Freeing Bernie Baran.

He writes extensively for dance, including a score for LEVYdance/Loni Landon Dance Projects called Meet Me Normal, and a solo electronics piece for Kinetech Arts called the murmur of yearning. He recently began an all-electronic duo with fellow composer Joel St. Julien called Nightmare Light that released its self-titled debut EP.
In addition to his composition work, Hurd teaches composition with an emphasis on avant-garde, electro-acoustic, and electronic music. He’s taught as an artist-in-residence for the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA) in San Francisco, and has performed dozens of educational performances for students at such institutions as the Community School of Music and the Arts and the Marin School of the Arts.

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Friday, September 11

1:30pm PDT

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