Clifton Hyde

Composer, Producer, and Multi Instrumentalist

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 "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

 “A strong, bluesy sound full of heart. We all feel it.
    The New York Times

 "Clifton Hyde adds a wonderful barrage of bad-ass guitar work..."
     Backstage Magazine

From the whisky soaked juke joints of his native Mississippi to the jungles of South America, the classic opera houses of Europe, and the hallowed stages of New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Royal Albert Hall, Clifton Hyde has electrified audiences and stunned critics with his mastery of styles, multitude of instruments, and stunning stage-craft.

At age thirteen Clifton began playing professionally and quickly became known as the first-call session guitarist in the South Mississippi area.  From there recordings and Broadway pit work ensued, taking him all across the United States and Canada before landing in New York City.

A former member of the Blue Man Group, Clifton has recorded and performed alongside such notable acts such as Lou Reed, Sigur Rós, Lady Gaga, Phillip Glass, Debbie Harry, Zakir Hussain, and Amanda Palmer. 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, The Who's Tommy, The Three Penny Opera, Little Shop of Horrors, Children of Eden, and many regional and touring companies.

Clifton is equally at home working with the likes of symphony orchestras, brutal heavy metal bands, hip-hop, and vintage cabaret acts. His diverse talents have also led him to compose for films, TV commercials,  collaborate with the French artist Alain Kirili, and the paintings of artist Lou Rizzolo for the World Peace Art Initiative in Stavanger, Norway. 

Upon his recent travels to Italy, Clifton fell in love with the Viola da Gamba which he is currently learning to play.