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Curt Newton

Education and Influences

Curt studied drum set with Bob Gullotti and has a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. His musical influences and interests, in no particular order, have included Max Roach, Andrew Cyrille, Steve Shelly, Gerry Hemingway, Joey Baron, Paul Lovens, Bob Gullotti, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Cecil Taylor, Son House, Captain Beefheart, Igor Stravinsky, Iannis Xenakis, Witold Lutoslawski, and the traditional music of Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Turkey and Greece.

Percussion Performances

Curt has periodically developed a solo drumset repetoire, with original compositions, improvisations, and works for drumset by other composers. Select peformances include an all-drumset concert with master drummers Alan Dawson and Bob Gullotti (1992) world premiere of John Zorn's Hwang Chin Ee for two drumsets and narrator (New England Conservatory, 1996) original transcription of Lutoslawski String Quartet for solo drumset (1997) activating Chen Zhen's sculpture Jue Chang (50 Strokes to Each) at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art (2002)

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”Newton dazzles…he exhibited breathtaking restraint, breaking down time with a subtle hand, tapping out painterly splashes of sound… A large reserve of free-floating power” Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader


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