Biography

Curtis (Robert) Macdonald is a saxophonist, composer and producer whose works blend composition, sound design and improvisation. He has received commissions from Aszure Barton & Artists, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Kate Weare Company, Hubbard Street Dance, Bayerisches Staatsballett (The Bavarian State Ballet), Larry Keigwin & Co. and The Juilliard School. In 2014, he was co-awarded the first Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation Prize for his collaboration with Aszure Barton on the dance Awáa. Curtis has released three albums as a bandleader, authored a book on saxophone technique and is faculty at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music. Curtis is also a producer for WQXR’s Q2 Music and 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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