Curtis Macdonald is a saxophonist, composer, sound designer, Peabody award-winning radio producer and Technical Producer of WNYC Music, WQXR.
Curtis has won 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, and in 2016 he received a New Music USA grant for his collaboration with Kate Weare in Marksman. In suit, Curtis’ original theatrical scores have been featured across several modern dance and ballet companies worldwide.
Curtis has released three albums as a bandleader, Community Immunity (2011), Twice Through The Wall (2013), and most recently, Scotobiology—the study of darkness, inspired by the effects of artificial light on living beings. He has also authored Introducing Extended Saxophone Techniques published by Mel Bay and is faculty at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music and Ohio Wesleyan University's New York Arts Program. Furthermore, Curtis is technical producer for WQXR/WNYC where he received a Peabody Award in 2015 for his work on the podcast Meet The Composer. Recently he co-wrote, produced, and sound designed a full-length feature with host Terrance McKnight, entitled Leonard Bernstein’s Black America that generated record-reaching audience engagement.
Moreover Curtis has exhibited work at The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series with the Kate Weare Company, and also with vocalist Helga Davis at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in response to visual artist Nick Cave’s Until. Curtis also has worked closely with the great American composer, multi-instrumentalist and Pulitzer Prize laureate Henry Threadgill as a conductor, copyist and member of his ensembles ‘Double-Up’, and ‘14 or 15 Kestra: Agg’.
Currently he is serving New York Public Radio as Technical Producer of WQXR (WNYC Music) for new documentaries and podcasts, including the recent feature on the great actor, singer and legendary American icon Harry Belafonte, among many other shows coming out Fall 2019.
Curtis Macdonald appears in the following:
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Relationship therapist Esther Perel reflects on how hearing Gabriel Fauré's Requiem taught her about the power of music to connect us to our rawest emotions.
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Producer Krystal Hawes explores the perfect imperfection of Maurice Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte.
Monday, October 07, 2019
Rapper Dessa discusses how the craft and emotion of Bach's Chaconne for Violin resonates through her life and work.
Sunday, October 06, 2019
Actor Jesse Eisenberg talks about how a trip to Poland lead him to discover the music of Frédéric Chopin and find a particular connection with the Etude Opus 10, No. 1.
Saturday, October 05, 2019
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon gives insight into his long and inspiring journey with Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto.
Friday, October 04, 2019
Her/Music: Her/Story concludes tonight with an hour on today's leading women composers.
Friday, October 04, 2019
TV producer Megan Reid talks about Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel helped spark a lifelong obsession with ballet.
Thursday, October 03, 2019
Broadcaster Terrance McKnight links family, art, a late Beethoven piano bagatelle, and the poetry of Langston Hughes.
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Preschool art teacher Justin Jackson explains how he uses Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King to inspire his students.
Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Journalist Alison Stewart talks about how Erik Satie's Gymnopédies helped her return to the piano as an adult.
Monday, September 30, 2019
Architect Daniel Libeskind reflects on the healing power of music and architecture.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
WQXR’s Editor-in-Chief Jacqui Cheng discovered Bach via the Atari 2600, but her emotional journey through the music began with his Violin Sonata No. 1.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis discusses how Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 16 helped him understand the role of music in connecting the past and the future.
Friday, September 27, 2019
Instagram’s Eva Chen talks about how Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 helps her switch gears to work on her series of children’s books.
Friday, September 27, 2019
Her/Music: Her/Story returns for an exploration of the life and career of composer Cecile Chaminade.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Comedian Eddie Izzard talks about how Debussy’s Clair de Lune removes him from the noise of everyday life.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Opera singer J'Nai Bridges discusses what she learned about forgiveness and memory from Henry Purcell's heartbreaking "Dido's Lament".
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Army reservist Joe Young talks about how Steve Reich's music helped him find his path in life.
Monday, September 23, 2019
Writer Robert Macfarlane reflects on the fragility and beauty of Frederic Chopin's Berceuse in a time of war.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Violinist Nicola Benedetti reveals what Beethoven’s Violin Concerto taught her about empathy.