Curtis Macdonald

Curtis Macdonald is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, composer and producer whose works blend composition, sound design and improvisation. Curtis works as a producer and engineer for WQXR’s Q2 Music, and is a member the great American composer and multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill’s Ensemble Double-Up.

Curtis was recently co-awarded the first Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation Prize for his collaboration with Aszure Barton & Artists on the dance Awáa, and has received commissions from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance, The Bavarian State Ballet, The Museum of Modern Art, Kate Weare Company, and Larry Keigwin for The Juilliard School. He has released two albums as a bandleader, authored a book on saxophone technique and teaches at Parsons, The New School for Design, and The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in NYC. 

Curtis Macdonald appears in the following:

Leonard Bernstein’s Black America

Friday, August 24, 2018

Leonard Bernstein marched in Selma with Harry Belafonte, and his campaign for racial justice involved empowering black conductors and soloists. Host Terrance McKnight tells this story.
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Leonard Bernstein’s Black America

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Leonard Bernstein marched in Selma with Harry Belafonte, and his campaign for racial justice involved empowering black conductors and soloists. Host Terrance McKnight tells this story.

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Listen: Henry Threadgill’s Zooid, Live at the Village Vanguard

Monday, May 08, 2017

Listen to an exclusive performance by Henry Threadgill's longstanding chamber ensemble Zooid of "I Never," recorded live by Q2 Music at the Village Vanguard on Oct. 2, 2016.

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Henry Threadgill’s Journey From Vietnam to the Pulitzer

Monday, May 01, 2017

The music of Pulitzer Prize-gilded composer Henry Threadgill is the product of the loyal community he builds around him. This is his story, told by the people whose lives he has touched.

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Listen: John Adams' Electronic 'Coast' Arranged for Alarm Will Sound

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Listen to an exclusive arrangement of a nutso, sci-fi-y electronic piece John Adams wrote in 1993, arranged by Caleb Burhans for Alarm Will Sound.

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Writer Hilton Als Talks Ruthlessness and Freeing Your Art-Making

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hilton Als is an intellectual omnivore who roots his art and criticism in reality and truth. Als talks with Helga Davis about being comfortable owning your anger and art-making.

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Norway's Jaga Jazzist Embraces Vintage Funk and Krautrock

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jaga Jazzist is a Norwegian ensemble that draws inspiration from jazz, vintage funk and Krautrock. We join the members backstage at Le Poisson Rouge for an interview and performance.

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Listen: Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano Remix Philip Glass

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano, two virtuoso pianists from very different musical backgrounds, take the music of Philip Glass in an entirely new direction. 

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Soprano Julia Bullock Talks Finding Your Voice and Place in the World

Monday, January 02, 2017

The young Juilliard-trained soprano Julia Bullock is making waves for her stunning performances and bold choice of roles. She talks with Davis about finding her place in today's culture.

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Listen: GABI Talks Fear, Vulnerability and the Human Voice

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

GABI is a composer and vocalist who brings together elements of classical music, electronica and the expressive vulnerability of the human voice.

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Conductor Hernandez-Valdez Channels the Power of Choral Singing

Monday, December 19, 2016

For conductor Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, an attentive and hungry audience is one of the essential parts of creating a transcendent musical experience. He talks with host Helga Davis.

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Conductor Alan Gilbert on Building Bridges and Letting Go Together

Monday, December 12, 2016

Alan Gilbert is in his final season as music director of the New York Philharmonic. He talks with Helga Davis about serving a community and the moments in performance he lives for.

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Listen: Daniel Wohl on Physical Performance and Electronic Sound

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

For composer Daniel Wohl, the distinction between a physical performer and an electronic sound is inconsequential. For this episode of LPR Live, we take in excerpts from "Holographic."

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Singer-Songwriter Solange on Her Journey, Owning Her Body and Art

Monday, December 05, 2016

The pop star singer-songwriter Solange talks with Helga Davis about finding autonomy in the music business and about being black and beautiful in contemporary America.

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Listen: Singer-Songwriter Eartheater at Le Poisson Rouge

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Eartheater is the solo project of singer, songwriter and guitarist Alexandra Drewchin, a conceptually-driven artist who makes music that exists in a strange universe all its own.

Jazz Icon Henry Threadgill Lets His Imagination Run Wild

Monday, November 21, 2016

Recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize, jazz composer Henry Threadgill talks with Helga about giving license to your imagination and pushing yourself to go beyond excellence to greatness.

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Man Meets Machine on Dan Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic'

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Composer Dan Trueman is the inventor of a new instrument: the prepared digital piano. On this LPR Live, we hear So Percussion's Adam Sliwinski perform Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic.'

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Listen: Port St. Willow Brings 'Syncope' to Life at Le Poisson Rouge

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Port St. Willow, the project of Brooklyn-based Nicholas Principe, performed its second improvisational, atmospheric album "Syncope" at Le Poisson Rouge on November 17, 2015.

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Andrew Norman's Video Game-Inspired 'Gran Turismo' with Ensemble LPR

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

For this episode of LPR Live, we join the ambitious Ensemble LPR for a performance of music by composer Andrew Norman that draws its inspiration from a high octane racing-car video game.

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Bing & Ruth's Family Reunion for Cult-Classic 'City Lake'

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New School-formed Bing & Ruth brings their ambient electronic music and contemporary-classical minimalism to this episode of LPR Live, with two tracks from 2010's "City Lake."

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