Clifton Hyde

Thursday, April 16, 2009. 8:30 pm


Clifton Hyde at Roulette 2009

Clifton Hyde

Thursday, April 16, 2009. 8:30 pm

Songs and Vignettes for Voice, Guitars, Mandolins, Violas, Violins, Winds, Percussion, & Toys exploring the seldom ventured world where Mariah Carey, Anton Webern, Pizzicato 5, Hank Williams, King Benny Nawahi, & Astor Piazzola meet for drinks after seeing a late night double feature at the Beverly Drive-In Theater in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Tonight Clifton will be joined by Joe Mcphee

Joe McPhee: tenor saxophone & trumpet
Joe Exley: tuba
Jesse Selengut: flugelhorn & trumpet
Stefan Zeniuk: bass saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, oboe
Motoko Shimizu: voice & toys
Rich Stein: percussion
Clifton Hyde: compositions, conducting, baritone guitar, Eb saxophones

“Clifton Hyde’s live score is the highlight of the show…”
-The New York Times

“…with Clifton Hyde’s steel guitar wafting by like a distant freight train you know this is turning into a great album.”
-No Alternative Magazine

“Clifton Hyde adds a wonderful barrage of bad-ass guitar work…”
-Backstage Magazine

Clifton Hyde will be debuting a new book of tunes drawing on his experiences with Rock, Jazz, Free, Tango & African styles. Featuring copious amounts of Baritone & Steel Guitars and featuring writing for brass, strings, & percussion.

Clifton Hyde was born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and really likes music… As a sideman he is often seen playing Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Resonator Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Slide Guitar, Mandolin, Lap Steel, Piano, Organ, Ukulele, Cornet, Baritone Saxophone, Electric Bass & Double Bass.

A member of the Blue Man Group, he has performed alongside such notable musicians as Lou Reed, Sigur Ros, Trevor Dunn (John Zorn/Mr. Bungle), Julee Cruise, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Gary Lucas, Niobe (Mouse on Mars), Joe McPhee, Pape Armond Boye, Billy Hart, Kenny Wollesen, Ray Davies, Patti Smith, Phillip Glass, Michael Stipe, Debbie Harry (Blondie), Dominic Duval, Joseph Woullard, Paul Hartsaw, Mars Williams, James Apollo, Aki Onda, Shelley Burgon, Ches Smith, Kevin Garcia, Doug Wieselman, Joe Exley, Stefan Zeniuk, & Jesse Selengut.

Making his feature film debut in Sona Jain’s, “For Real”, Clifton performed as pianist for composer/tabla player, Zakir Hussain.

He has also collaborated with the sculptures of French artist, Alain Kirili and the paintings of artist Lou Rizzolo for the World Peace Art Initiative in Stavanger, Norway. He has composed modern classical music for modern dance choreographer, Janis Brenner as well as providing music for the Czech-American Marionette Theatre.

He has performed in the pit for numerous Broadway/Off Broadway shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Hair, City of Angels, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Blood Brothers, Tommy, The Three Penny Opera, Little Shop of Horrors, Children of Eden, and many regional and touring companies. …