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 
Current Projects
Audio
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Eric Hofbauer Quintet
Eric Hofbauer - guitar / Junko Fujiwara - cello / Todd Brunel - clarinets  / Jerry Sabatini - trumpet / Curt Newton - drumset
Performing Eric's rearrangements of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Messaien's Quartet for the End of Time
Upcoming:
Mixing the recording, looking ahead to Fall 2014

Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club
Rotating personnel (Matt Langley, Eric Hofbauer, Jerry Sabatini, Jeff Galindo, Jef Charland, Aaron Darrel) and frequent special guests...
Upcoming:
3rd Thursday every month at Outpost 186, Cambridge MA
Last Wednesday every month at Lily Pad, Cambridge MA
Expanded edition, John Tchicai memorial celebration Sunday May 4 2014 at Outpost 186, Cambridge MA

Matchbox
Pandelis Karayorgis -  piano / Jorrit Dijkstra - alto saxophone
Nate McBride - bass / Curt Newton - drums
Repertoire: originals + a few covers e.g. Steve Lacy and Thelonious Monk
Upcoming:
1st Wednesday each month at Lily Pad, Cambridge MA, part of Driff Records' Midweek Runaway series: May 7 and June 4, 2014
Friday July 18, 2014: Driff Records mini-festival, Lily Pad, Cambridge MA

Dave Bryant
Dave Bryant, keyboardist with Ornette Coleman's Prime Time and Boston groundbreakers Shock Exchange, assembles rotating 4tet-7tet groups including Neil Leonard, Tom Hall, Jeff Song, Eric Rosenthal, and Jacob William
Upcoming:
No gigs currently. Septet recording is being mixed.

The Outnumbered

Collective group with Jason Robinson and Charlie Kohlhase - saxophones /
Josh Rosen - piano / Bruno Raberg - bass / Curt Newton - drums
Upcoming:
WMBR/MIT List Center Ampersand Concert Series, Thurs 5/1/14, MIT Bartos Theater
Wed May 28, 2014 at
Lily Pad, Cambridge MA


I try to email an upcoming gig calendar roughly every 2 months. Contact me
at [curt <at> curtnewton <dot> com] to join that list.

the mi3
(Karayorgis/McBride/Newton)
Bandcamp samples for:
We Will Make a Home For You (2005)
Free Advice (2007)

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)



Eric Hofbauer Quintet
Rite of Spring at Church of the Advent, Feb. 7 2014.
Part 1: “A Kiss Of The Earth” to “Procession Of The Oldest And Wisest One”


Part 2: “The Kiss Of The Earth” – “The Exalted Sacrifice”


Part 3: “Mystic Circle Of The Young Girls” to end.






 


[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 26, 2014