Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor/leader
Curtis Macdonald is an alto saxophonist, composer and sound artist. He graduated cum laude from the New School University in 2007 where he immediately became faculty. Recently he released his latest album, Community Immunity on Greenleaf Music.
Curtis’ music has taken form in many a medium drawing inspiration from a variety of influences. He is often commissioned to work with solo artists, small ensembles, independent films and modern dance. His production savvy is heard on many new music and modern jazz recordings where he incorporates improvisation, sound art and digital technology. He draws virtuosity not only from traditional approaches, but also other transcendental and philosophical models.
“Community Immunity is much more than your average modern jazz album… It is a study in compression and expansion, compositional detail and improvisational freedom.” The New York Jazz Record
“A bracing listen from a musical architect who is as distinctive and precise as he is young… If you’re an open-eared listener with a yen for forward-thinking music, you’ll find yourself wanting to crack Community Immunity‘s code.” Ottawa Citizen
“Maybe it’s the odd time signatures, maybe the strange timbres or the meandering compositions. Something sets Curtis Macdonald’s debut album apart and challenges you to keep coming back.” Rochester City Newspaper
“With Community Immunity, Curtis Macdonald establishes himself as one who stands apart from the rest…” All About Jazz
“A dynamic effort that succeeds in opening more doors with each listen.” Downbeat Magazine
“Macdonald explores some wholly unique territory…” JazzTimes Magazine
“Imaginative and daring…” Pittsburgh Tribune
“A sleekly modern band.” NY Times
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Faculty at The New School University.