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Curtis Macdonald

Curtis Macdonald is a composer, sound designer, radio producer and saxophonist based in New York City. Curtis has won commissions from Aszure Barton & Artists, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Kate Weare Company, Hubbard Street Dance, Bayerisches Staatsballett (The Bavarian State Ballet), Larry Keigwin & Co., and The Juilliard School. In 2014, he was co-awarded the first Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation Prize for his collaboration with Aszure Barton on the dance Awáa, and in 2016 he received a New Music USA grant for his collaboration with Kate Weare in Marksman. In suit, Curtis’ original theatrical scores have been featured across several modern dance and ballet companies worldwide. Curtis has released three albums as a bandleader, Community Immunity (2011), Twice Through The Wall (2013), and most recently, Scotobiology—the study of darkness, inspired by the effects of artificial light on living beings

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Pi Recordings 2016 Releases

Read "Pi Recordings 2016 Releases" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Over the 15 years of its existence, Pi Recordings has been the home of musical innovators both established and up and coming. Its catalogue includes works by such legends as composer and woodwind player Henry Threadgill, pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and other members of the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The imprint is also ...

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Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs

Read "Old Locks and Irregular Verbs" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il criterio dell'integrazione a coppie di strumenti omologhi o affini è uno degli aspetti che maggiormente caratterizzano la musica di Henry Threadgill. Già nel gruppo Very Very Circus si incontrava il raddoppio di chitarra e tuba, mentre l'impianto di Zooid, nato come sestetto in cui si specchiavano chitarra acustica e oud da un lato, violoncello e ...

When Dreams Come True

Label: Prestige
Released: 2013

Manhattan

Label: Prestige
Released: 2011

Community Immunity

Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2011
Track listing: Community Immunity; Childhood Sympathy; Figmentum II; Second Guessing; Mosaic I; The Living Well; Somnolence IV; Mosaic II; The Imagineer; My Deal.

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Dave Douglas: A Creative Consciousness

Read "Dave Douglas: A Creative Consciousness" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Considering trumpeter Dave Douglas' musical career, one word that comes to mind is “consistency." Sure, he's led a dizzying variety of bands playing in all sorts of styles. Yet, of the 30-odd recordings he's led, not one veers from the central mission of presenting challenging, original jazz. An inveterate musical risk taker, Douglas has always led ...

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Dave Douglas launches the Greenleaf Cloud Player

Dave Douglas launches the Greenleaf Cloud Player

The Greenleaf Cloud Player allows for streaming of the full Greenleaf release catalog from Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Nicole Mitchell's Indigo Trio, Curtis Macdonald, Michael Bates, and Kneebody. Also available for streaming are over 20 live sets, and the whole slew of unreleased Subscriber Series tracks. The Cloud Player can be accessed on the web and ...

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Curtis Macdonald: Community Immunity

Read "Community Immunity" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

"The Jazz Community" is a phrase that shows up in more than a few album reviews, but what does it really mean? Like-minded jazz musicians certainly gravitate toward one another, but they don't live in some massive, hippie-like commune where people play John Coltrane and Charlie Parker licks ad infinitum and bow down in front of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist/Composer Curtis Macdonald Releases New CD "Community Immunity" on Greenleaf Music.

Saxophonist/Composer Curtis Macdonald Releases New CD "Community Immunity" on Greenleaf Music.

Community Immunity, the title of saxophonist and composer Curtis Macdonald's debut album (Greenleaf Recordsת/5/11), may seem to be just a clever play on words, but to the artist, being a member of a community is vital to the creation of his art. Whether he's in his current home of New York City or Alberta, Canada, where ...


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