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Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut

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"Creative Music for Creative Listening" comes to us after a decade of uncompromising work by one of the first relevant artists of the 21st Century.  A champion of his generation, and most prolific among his peers, CMCL brings you the next chapter in Jeffrey H. Shurdut's long legacy.

JEFFREY HAYDEN SHURDUT is the first living artist celebrated by Ayler Records with a Box Set (2007), and only figure today with three documentaries;  NorthCountry (2002-2007), Ayler Records (2007-2011), and JaZt Tapes (2011- present). "Visionary" WNUR, Chicago; "Talent and Vision to Spare", AllMusicGuide; "This Music Lives Up to Its Name", The Village Voice; "Viscerally Thrilling, Ethereal, Evoking", Cadence Magazine;  "Incendiary", Time Out New York; Columbia University, Annual Art Instillation Award, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (1994); The University of Pennsylvania, Guest Artist, Ars Nova (2006); MM&A Foundation Grant Award (2014), "Top 10" Todd McComb (2012), "Top 10" The Village Voice (2008).    "If any one musician arguably epitomizes cooperative total improvisation in the 21st Century, then it’s New York-based guitarist and keyboardist Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut."  (Ken Waxman). 

Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut (Am. b. 1967) is Founder and Director of  THIS IS THE MUSIC OF LIFE: A series featuring both inter-disciplinary and multi-instrumental artists who have a place in American History and emerging artists dedicated to documenting the essential connection between the visual, movement, music, and word in a living and creative space.  

Guest artist, and performance showcases include: The Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial,  The University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, The Stone, TONIC, CBGB's, The Knitting Factory, The Vision Festival Club Series. Formal connections include: Guillermo Gregorio, Joe McPhee, Sonny Simmons, Oliver Lake, Marshall Allen, Luther Thomas, Jameel Moondoc, Bern Nix, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Frode Gjerstad, Lukas Ligeti, Gene Moore, Paul Flaherty, Gene Janas, John Moloney, Brian Osborne, Marcus Cummins, and Kevin Shea. 

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Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut (Am. b. 1967) 

Polarizing and warmly embraced, Shurdut first gained critical acclaim for his approach on guitar. Affectionately known as 'etuning', Shurdut's music strongly suggests that living above 3rd avenue inspired him most. When asked how the music came to him, Shurdut says, 'I opened my window, and there it was. I just tuned my guitar to 35 miles an hour and played.' 

There are stories from the early 1990's of Shurdut sitting in the basement of Avery Fisher Hall and listening to the Philharmonic at night. There are also accounts of Shurdut in local music stores, recording himself, on their equipment, during the exodus of NY's creative venues. And, there are even more stories that add to Shurdut's mystique, such as how his idiosyncratic piano technique allegedly comes from a hand held drum sampler he carried on his walks through Central Park.  'A visionary whose heritage and background are not based in the cotton-fields of the South - Shurdut's references and blues come from the 24/7 experiences of human and mechanical sounds in the big city. The music may be as abstract as the urban environment itself - disturbing, provocative, unstructured, or with its frequent street pulses; but regardless of the journey into his world, Shurdut will always bring you to react. His sounds are our sounds. And the experience, when one hears, and ultimately understands, is overwhelming.' -Jan Strom   In 2007, Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut became the first living artist celebrated with a box set by the prestigious Ayler Records. But, it was Cadence/NorthCountry in the early years, until a philisophical difference dissolved their relationship. In 2006, Jan Strom stepped in as Shurdut's producer. By 2012 Strom and Ayler Records released more than three Shurdut box sets; also the most by any living American artist. Today JaZzTapes is completely dedicated to continue the Shurdut anthology. *Shurdut's Box Set was placed on the top ten albums of the year list; The Village Voice / Signal to Noise (2008). 

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Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut’s “THIS IS THE MUSIC OF LIFE”

“This Music Lives Up To Its Name.” -The Village Voice (2005)

“A luta continua… intense, astringent , multipoint,… engrossing level of improvisitory interaction… a viscerally thrilling ride.” -Cadence Magazine

“Shurdut pledges allegiance to the spirit of ecstasy with a band of ebullient blow torches, including Sonny Simmons, and Blaise Siwula.” -Time Out NY (2005)

“Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut leads a sextet featuring legend Sonny Simmons.” -The New York Times (2005)

“Daniel Carter with Jeff Shurdut ...Haunting, Reflective, and Engaging.” -Downtown Music Gallery

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