Primary Instrument: Multi-instrumentalist
Signal To Noise By: Lawrence Cosentino
In the notes to his eight-part “digital box set” on Ayler Records, Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut calls himself a “moving portal,” a human receptor communicating “the all-out storm of the world.” From this and other basement-Buddha pronouncements, an ornery skeptic could make wild guesses about Shurdut’s life story: the one failed piano lesson, the uncommunicative youth, and finally, the burst of inspiration that led him to throw off the shackles of technique and realize that music isn’t created, but already out there, poised to rush on its own through a properly receptive “portal.” No, Shurdut doesn’t make it easy, but this collection tosses down an enormous gauntlet: listen to these astounding sonic cyclones, recorded guerilla-style in various venues around New York, and then brush him off �� if you can....
Awards:The Whitney Museum of Art Biennial 2008
First Living Artist Box on Ayler Records
Guest of The University of Pennsylvania, 2006. Recipient of The Annual Installation Grant Awarded by Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (Philosophy Hall).
“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
“Jeff Shurdut’s THIS IS THE MUSIC OF LIFE with Marshall Allen and Sabir Mateen… Wynton Marsalis should get this group over to Lincoln Center.” -The Village Voice (2005)
“Top notch incendiary Free Jazz from Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut's Collective.” -Time Out New York. November 17-23, 2005
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