Scotobiology—the study of darkness, is an album inspired by the effects of artificial light on living beings, as conceived by alto saxophonist Curtis Macdonald featuring bassist Christopher Tordini and drummer Craig Weinrib inside a deep spaciousness. Choosing to stay minimal throughout the recording process, the trio recorded Curtis’ music using only three microphones in just one room, the pieces sequenced in the same chronological order from how it was tracked, … Continue reading “Scotobiology”

Twice Through The Wall

Alto saxophonist and composer Curtis Macdonald’s 2013 EP, Twice Through the Wall, explores the hidden potential of everyday experiences and the way those experiences can be altered and fine-tuned through metaphysical disciplines, such as classical yoga, meditation and lucid dreaming. “While I was making Twice Through the Wall, I began to realize that surrender and deep listening are essentially the … Continue reading “Twice Through The Wall”

Community Immunity

Community Immunity, the title of saxophonist and composer Curtis Macdonald’s 2011 debut album as a leader may seem to be just a clever play on words, but to him, being a member of a community is vital to the creation of his art. Whether he’s in his home of New York City or in Calgary, Alberta, … Continue reading “Community Immunity”

Henry Threadgill’s Old Locks and Irregular Verbs

From the Pi Recordings website: Pulitzer prize-winning composer Henry Threadgill’s important new release Old Locks and Irregular Verbs is his heartfelt tribute to an old friend, the composer-conductor Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, who passed away in 2013. He describes the work as “An emotion, a thought, a feeling that I retained in my memory of Butch.” Threadgill … Continue reading “Henry Threadgill’s Old Locks and Irregular Verbs”