biography

Curtis (Robert) Macdonald is a saxophonist, composer and producer whose works blend composition, sound design and improvisation. In 2014, he was co-awarded the first Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation Prize for his collaboration with choreographer Aszure Barton on the dance Awáa, and has won commissions from Aszure Barton & Artists, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Kate Weare Company, Hubbard Street Dance, Bayerisches Staatsballett (The Bavarian State Ballet), and Larry Keigwin choreographing for The Juilliard School. He has released two albums as a bandleader (Community Immunity in 2011, and Twice Through The Wall in 2013), authored a book on saxophone technique and is faculty at Parsons, The New School for Design, and The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music. Curtis Macdonald is also Peabody-winning producer for Q2Music’s Meet The Composer, and produces other public radio music podcasts such as LPR Live. He also works closely with the great American composer, multi-instrumentalist and 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner, Henry Threadgill, as a member of his ensemble “Double-Up”.

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