Born in 1957, Jim Hurley has been playing violin since 1969. Influenced profoundly by South Indian violinist L. Shankar, he incorporates styles from bebop to zydeco, European classical to Zairean soukous. He studied violin with Dr. Madeline Schatz, protege of Jascha Heifetz and Josef Gingold, at Humboldt State University, where earned his B.A. in Music in violin performance, and attended master classes with Rostislav Dubinsky, Gabor and Peter Rejto, and Kathleen Winkler.
He has been musical director and composer for several theater productions, including an entire score in the Balinese gamelan style. His compositions for Ancient Future have received widespread acclaim, and have been selected to be included in everything from a United Nations documentary film, Closing the Curtains of Death (about drift net fishing) to CD Review Magazine's world music sampler, World Horizons II. Live radio credits include performances on A Prairie Home Companion, West Coast Weekend (with Ancient Future), and Hearts of Space. Jim's original music has received airplay on over 300 stations, including KKSF, KPFA, NPR news, and The Wave. Live TV appearances include Saturday Night Live (1987, with Queen Ida) and CNN's Showbiz Tonight (1995, with Dan Hicks). Notable live performances include the New Orleans and Monterey jazz festivals, the Philadelphia, Winnipeg and Strawberry folk music festivals, a few stadiums, a dozen or so European castles, and audiences in 15 countries. He has opened for the Grateful Dead, B.B. King, Tracy Chapman, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana, and the Neville Brothers.