Clifton Hyde is a Hattiesburg, Mississippi born guitarist/ composer/ multi-instrumentalist/ Producer/ Arranger currently living and working in New York City.
As a sideman he is often seen playing electric and acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, baritone guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, lap steel, piano, organ, ukulele, cornet/trumpet, C melody saxophone, electric and double basses.
He is known for interesting textural playing on electric guitar (with and without effects) as well as traditional finger/flat picking styles and rock style leads.
Covering styles as diverse as Mississippi Delta Blues, Avant Garde, Metal, Country, Rock, Modern Classical, and Dixieland/Gypsy Jazz he has performed alongside such notable musicians as Joe McPhee, Lou Reed, Sigur Ros, Trevor Dunn (John Zorn/Mr. Bungle), Julee Cruise, Niobe, Pape Armond Boye, Billy Hart, Kenny Wollesen, Mandy Moore (Gil Stroman's JUMP Tour), Dominic Duval, Joseph Woullard, Paul Hartsaw, James Apollo, Aki Onda, Shelley Burgon, Ches Smith, Doug Wieselman, Joe Exley, Stefan Zeniuk and Jesse Selengut.
He made 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.
Clifton performs at Northwestern University on October 24, and with Desiring-Machines at Elastic on October 26.