Curt Newton
curt <at> curtnewton <dot> com

Detailed Bio

"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
Credit: Peter Gannushkin
(c) 2001


In 2008, Curt performed with the following:
Prior work includes: a long association with Chicago saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark, dating back to 1986 and including four CDs; several years and three CDs with Joe Morris; a duo for Korean kayagum and chang-go with Jeff Song; and performances with musicians like sOo-Jung Kae, Jim Hobbs, Hans Poppel, Eric Hofbauer, Greg KelleyJorrit Dijkstra, Gabe Birnbaum, Jody Blackwell, The Poppies, Inner Beauty ....

Percussion Performances

Curt has periodically developed a solo drumset repetoire, with original compositions, improvisations, and works for drumset by other composers. Select peformances include

Education and Influences

Curt studied drum set with Bob Gullotti and has a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. His musical influences and interests, in no particular order, have included Max Roach, Andrew Cyrille, Steve Shelly, Gerry Hemingway, Joey Baron, Paul Lovens, Bob Gullotti, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Cecil Taylor, Son House, Captain Beefheart, Igor Stravinsky, Iannis Xenakis, Witold Lutoslawski, and the traditional music of Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Turkey and Greece.

photo by Ivan Shokin: Tonic, NYC, Aug 2001

last update: January 9, 2009