Curtis Macdonald is a Canadian-born saxophonist, composer and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2007 he graduated cum laude from The New School University and immediately became faculty. His first album, Community Immunity was released on Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf Music label in 2011. The Curtis Macdonald Group, has, toured across Canada, New York, and parts of Europe, and this year is celebrating the release of the latest recording, Twice Through The Wall, a 21-minute, self-released EP featuring David Virelles on piano, Jeremy Viner on tenor sax, Adam Jackson on drums, and Chris Tordini on Bass. The vibrancy of the band’s music, based heavily on Curtis’ concepts and compositions, showcases an original, fresh and organic sound while at the same time illustrates a sense of ease. Curtis has been informed by several artistic practices as part of his quest for a broader context in which to present his work. Staying close to one of the most desirable artistic communities in North America, The Banff Centre for the Arts, has unmistakably left a lasting impact on his philosophy on the creation of music. Curtis says of his music, “The exchanges that I have with acupuncturists, meditators, chefs, musicians, choreographers, filmmakers, sculptors, engineers, and graphic designers whom I’ve collaborated with over the years continually motivates the music I produce.” Curtis’ influences can be also be heard on several of his original scores for modern dance, such as a 2013 commission for Aszure Barton’s “LIFT” by The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and in Selected Sketches 2009 – 2012, where he organizes composition, improvisation and sound art, drawing inspiration not only from traditional approaches, but also transcendental and other philosophical models.