Celebrating 10 Years of Greenleaf Music

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Greenleaf Music celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2015. It seems like only yesterday–much less ten years ago–that Dave Douglas and Mike Friedman founded the company together.

Greenleaf was born of a desire to make and distribute music in a different way, to provide a new platform for Dave’s work as well as for artists he wants to showcase, and to create a community of like-minded fans to discover and enjoy that music. Since 2005 we’re proud to have released over 40 different projects: countless albums from Dave Douglas, as well as artists Kneebody, Donny McCaslin, Michael Bates, Nicole Mitchell, Curtis MacDonald, Linda Oh, Matt Ulery, Rudy Royston, Riverside and Ryan Keberle.

As the year passes, we’ll be focusing on our new projects (from Donny McCaslin on March 31 as well as from Dave’s new band High Risk in the summer and his famed Quintet in the Fall). We’ll also remember the company’s previous releases, especially the first three: Kneebody’s Break Me and Dave Douglas’ Mountain Passages and Keystone. We want to get this music in to your hands, so we’re celebrating with a sale (more on that below).

As a special treat for our loyal subscribers, we’ll also be recording a band of Greenleaf alumni and giving the tracks away as part of our subscription series. Dave, Chet Doxas, Ryan Keberle, Frank Woeste, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston recorded new originals written by Dave earlier this week. Also, Kneebody is recording a new version of the Shane Endsley tune Break Me in honor of the 10th anniversary of their release. We’ll post the first track soon!

“Greenleaf is a family name that goes back at least four centuries. I wanted the label to have a sense of family, both in the way we treat recordings and in the way we deal with artists. You can sit around and gripe about the music industry ’til you’re blue in the face or you can do it yourself and act on what you believe in.”

-Dave Douglas, 2005

Mountain-PassagesThe first record on Greenleaf Music was Dave’s Mountain Passages, released ten years ago today. The New York Times wrote that it’s “a cross between the energetic Balkan-tinged improvisation heard in Mr. Douglas’s Tiny Bell Trio and the hushed dynamics of another of his bands, Charms of the Night Sky…a provocative groove and vamp, and a style of ensemble playing that’s dynamically hushed but emotionally hot.”

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The ensemble, NOMAD, was formed to play music inspired by the myths and the spirit of rural mountain culture. The instrumentation of trumpet, clarinet, cello, tuba and percussion are envisioned as an imaginary traveling band, and their first performances took place high in the Italian Dolomites as part of the festival I Suoni delle Dolomitti. Partially inspired by his love of world folk music, NOMAD also carries the spirit of jazz that informs all of Dave’s music. Mountain Passages is a profound and playful mix that veers between the solemnity of solitary contemplation and the drunken debauchery of ecstatic celebration. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this work, take the opportunity now!

We’re offering a physical copy of Mountain Passages for $8 and a digital download for $5 at the Greenleaf Music Online Store for 1 week celebrating the 10 year anniversary of its release.

We’re excited to have shared ten years of great music with all of you and look forward to celebrating it all again this year.

Want more music? We feel the same way.

 

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The Big Sale

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THE BIG SALE

For a limited time get 30% off any item from the Greenleaf Music Online Store. That includes CD’sLP’sSheet Music… you get the idea. Just enter coupon code “bigsale” at checkout. Sale ends December 2nd!

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Community Immunity tours Canada

Posted by: Curtis Macdonald on June 15, 2011 @ 4:18 pm
Filed under: Artists, Curtis Macdonald, Curtis Macdonald (news)

Hello Greenleaf community!
The guys and I are really excited for this year’s Canadian tour. If you find yourself up north, please stop by and introduce yourself! Additionally, you can follow all the happenings on twitter, follow me @cmacsound.


TORONTO
June 19 – The Rex
9:30 & 11pm

VANCOUVER
June 22 – The Cellar
8 & 9:30pm

EDMONTON
June 24 – Yardbird Suite
7pm

CALGARY
June 25 – The Beat Niq
9 & 10:30pm

Curtis Macdonald – Alto Sax
Jeremy Viner – Tenor Sax
Bobby Avey – Piano
Chris Tordini – Bass
Adam Jackson – Drums

  • Date: Sunday, June 19th
  • City: Curtis Macdonald in Toronto
  • Venue: The Rex
  • Address: 194 QUEEN ST. WEST
  • Country: CA

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    Community Immunity

    Posted by: admin on April 5, 2011 @ 10:10 am
    Filed under: CD/FLAC/MP3, Curtis Macdonald, Releases, store, tues-2011-sale


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    “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

    Greenleaf Music is proud to release saxophonist/composer Curtis Macdonald‘s debut album, Community Immunity, April 5, 2011. Greenleaf president and trumpet luminary Dave Douglas notes, “The pieces on this recording are like little puzzles with moving parts that fit together in the strangest ways. The moving parts lock in with uncanny seamlessness.” Throughout the recording, strong and catchy melodies are supported by rhythmic motifs that churn each piece in an often cinematic style. Macdonald and his ace crew of players create effortless buoyancy as they bounce off the parameters of each new conundrum.

    Macdonald grew up near one of the most desirable artist communities in North America, the Banff Centre for the Arts—a carefully balanced, fertile environment tailored exclusively for community development within the arts. In 2007, he graduated cum laude from the New School University in NYC where he immediately became faculty. Through his research of sound, acoustics, and digital audio processes, Curtis has begun to exploit natural aural phenomena within his compositions, such as binaural beating in the form of a modified rhythmic vibrato heard in his piece “Childhood Sympathy.” A quick look at his website will reveal his probing creativity on the cutting edge of computer music technology.

    Based in Brooklyn, Macdonald is part of the next generation of great saxophonists. Community Immunity is the first of what will surely be many great Curtis Macdonald projects in the years to come.

    Personnel: Curtis Macdonald, Alto Sax; Chris Tordini, Bass; Greg Richie, Drums; Jeremy Viner, Tenor Sax/Clarinet; David Virelles, Piano; Michal Vanoucek, Piano; Travis Reuter, Guitars; Becca Stevens, Voice; Andrea Tyniec, Violin

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