BONYCH Festival Artist: Curt Newton

We are thrilled to have Curt Newton, local great on the Boston improvised jazz scene, joining us at the BONYCH festival.

"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

As an improvising percussionist, Newton coaxes whispers from drum sets and swing from stacks of rattly stuff, weaving varied musical traditions together with serious playfulness. Over the past three decades, Curt has performed across the U.S., Canada and Europe and appears on over 30 CDs with some of contemporary music's leading figures, including Ken Vandermark, Joe Morris, Nate McBride, Pandelis Karayorgis, Charlie Kohlhase, Eric Hofbauer, and Dave Bryant. About one live performance, the Chicago Reader’s Peter Margasak wrote “Newton dazzles...He exhibited breathtaking restraint, breaking down time with a subtle hand, tapping out painterly splashes of sound." Curt studied privately with Bob Gullotti, has a Master's in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory, and once upon a time performed a solo drumset arrangement of Lutoslawski's String Quartet (available on Bandcamp).

Curt is also a climate change activist leader, and the proud parent of two musically-inclined young adults.

The BONYCH festival is on August 31st. Tickets are only $20 and include both the music and all day BBQ - truly a new cultural event not to be missed!

Purchase tickets here.