The Rubin Museum of Art

Posted by: admin on August 2, 2011 @ 3:59 pm
Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news)

Come join The CMAC Group for a very special performance this Friday, August 5th at the Rubin Museum.

The Rubin Museum is New York City’s home of Himalayan Art.  It’s also home to a gorgeous, wood-paneled recital hall with soaring acoustics.  The band will be premiering some brand new music and the performance will be without amplification of any kind.

Curtis Macdonald – Alto Sax
Jeremy Viner – Tenor Sax
David Virelles – Piano
Chris Tordini – Bass
Adam Jackson – Drums

One set at 7pm

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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.

June 19 – The Rex
9:30 & 11pm

June 22 – The Cellar
8 & 9:30pm

June 24 – Yardbird Suite

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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    bonus track to Community Immunity

    Posted by: admin on May 8, 2011 @ 12:58 pm
    Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news)

    Just posted on is a bonus track to Community Immunity.

    It’s called “Eye In the Sky”.


    Curtis Macdonald – Alto Sax

    Jeremy Viner – Tenor Sax

    Michal Vaňouček – Piano

    Chris Tordini – Bass

    Greg Ritchie – Drums

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    Community Immunity release concert April 17 (Sunday)

    Posted by: admin on April 15, 2011 @ 6:23 am
    Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news)

    The New York Times mentions the release performance of Community Immunity:

    Community Immunity (Sunday) This triple bill takes its name from the new album by the saxophonist Curtis Macdonald, just out on the Greenleaf label. Mr. Macdonald spearheads the festivities at 9 p.m. with his sleekly modern band. Preceding him, at 8, is an exploratory trio led by the pianist Kris Davis. Closing shop, at 10, is Chris Speed’s Yeah No, an electro-acoustic outfit led by Mr. Speed, a saxophonist and clarinetist, and featuring the drummer Jim Black, the bassist Skuli Sverrisson and the trumpeter Shane Endsley. Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn ,; $10. (Chinen)

    Doors @ 7:30pm

    *first 12 people to arrive will receive a free copy of Community Immunity!

    The Kris Davis Trio /8pm

    Kris Davis, Piano; Tom Rainey, Drums; Eivind Opsvik, Bass.

    The Curtis Macdonald Group /9pm

    Curtis Macdonald, Alto Sax; Jeremy Viner, Tenor Sax;

    David Virelles, Piano; Chris Tordini, Bass; Adam Jackson, Drums.

    Chris Speed‘s yeah NO /10:30pm

    Chris Speed, Tenor Sax; Shane Endsley, Trumpet;

    Skúli Sverrisson, Bass; Jim Black, Drums.

    $10 cover for the entire night!

    Littlefield is located at:

    622 Degraw St. Brooklyn, NY

    pre-purchase recommended

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    sampling the harpsichord

    Posted by: admin on April 14, 2011 @ 9:54 am
    Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news), Music Technology

    Image of the Harpsichord Mechanism

    Often the music left on the cutting room floor can become the seeds for future projects.  A lot of time was spent searching for exotic sounds while in the process of making Community Immunity. Over the course of several months I recorded and sampled vintage electronic instruments, toy pianos, water sounds, ambiances and extended techniques, and developed a unique palette of rare instrumentation.  Even though most of these sounds did not end up on the final recording, it was not time wasted.  Going through a soundexploration process has equipped me with the tools and resources to add fresh, acoustic sonic signatures to future recordings.  It is very rewarding to hear a unique timbre on a record, especially if it’s created by the composer and adopted as part of the band’s sound.

    Click Here to listen to the scratch edits of the title track, Community Immunity as played on the harpsichord.  The harpsichord is a very diverse instrument; many have multiple keyboards and “manuals” which drastically and emphatically morph its sound.  At the link above, two versions are shown each with different timbres.  I definitely will be remembering this sound for the future…

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