Curt Newton
curt <at> curtnewton <dot> com

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"Newton  dazzles...he exhibited breathtaking restraint,
breaking down time with a subtle hand,
tapping out painterly splashes of sound...
A large reserve of free floating power."
Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Curt Newton coaxes whispers from drumsets and swing from old tin cans, weaving various musical traditions together in the spirit of serious playfulness. Over the past two decades he's performed across the U.S., Canada and Europe and recorded over 20 CDs with some of contemporary music's leading figures including Ken Vandermark, Joe Morris, Nate McBride, Pandelis Karayorgis and Charlie Kohlhase.  Curt studied drumset with Bob Gullotti and has a Master's degree in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory, neither of which bears any responsibility for his drumset arrangement of Lutoslawski's String Quartet.

Curt with mi3, Union Hall, Brooklyn NY, Dec. 2009 
Credit: Peter Gannushkin - DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET 
Gigs and News
Latest Recordings
April 5, 2009
Spam's 4/16/09 Lilypad gig is headlined by Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone!

And up next: 3 months, 3 variations on the piano trio.  
Samples and more details at

mi3 tour poster

Song / Newton Duo

viii  [5MB] /    [9MB] /  vi  [10MB
(mp3 - 2005)

Analog Tara (Tara Rodgers) 
Woonsocket Pocket  / Holding Yr Breath
(mp3 - 2005)

The Poppies
Saturn Jane (mp3 - 2003)


the mi3

[acoustic]: Who Said What When
(RealMedia - 2004)

Just You, Just Me

(RealMedia - 2003)

Daka Du (2000)

Steelwool Trio
Tough Sledding (1995)

June 2008 release
the mi3


HatOLOGY 652 (2008)


[Newton's] style is as consistently tuneful 
as a percussionist's is likely to get.” 
Chris Kelsey, Cadence
"Newton maintains a beautiful flow…whether blowing free or nailing time, [he] swings throughout.”
Hal Howland, Modern Drummer
“...every cymbal hit, rim tap, and snare roll reflects the kind of  precise touch that separates sublime dynamic slopes from time-keeping prairies.” 
Michael Anton Parker, Downtown Music Gallery

last update: April 5, 2009