Curtis Stewart - Son of Bob Stewart - of Colors
Curtis Stewart has received special mention from JazzTimes, and Downbeat Magazines, "Holding his audiences spellbound" with his "warm, clear sound…sparkling rhythmic energy, " "soulful improvisation" and "prodigious technique." He has made chamber music appearances at Zankel Hall, and the Newport Jazz Festival, and has performed as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, in Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. STRAD Magazine called Curtis "a gem of string player, among the excellent musicians…whose impressive work contributed to many of the night's high points…his swinging flights were among the most memorable."
Highlights of his eclectic background include performance installations with Jason Moran at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art, MTV specials with Wyclef Jean, sold out shows at Madison Square Garden with Stevie Wonder, and stints at the Kennedy center with the Jimmy Heath Big Band. His ensembles perform frequently at Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note, National Public Radio, Rochester Jazz Festival, BAM, The PUBLIC Theater, Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, and many others.
Curtis has worked with today's prominent musicians including Henry Threadgill, members of International Contemporary Ensemble, Billy Childs, members of Snarky Puppy, Don Byron, Linda Oh, Ari Hoenig, Matt Wilson, Jason Lindner, Edmar Casteneda, among many others. Mentors include members of the Muir, Juilliard, Orion, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, American, Dedalus, Boromeo, Brentano, Uptown, and Turtle Island String Quartets, composers Joan Tower, Marcos Balter, Nadia Sirota, and Butch Morris.
A supporter and practitioner of many styles of music, Curtis continues to expand and blend all the elements of his stylistic and expressive range, developing a unique and relevant voice in New York's boundless music scene.
Inspired by his extensive work as a violinist in NYC, Curtis reworks the meaning of being Of Colors though dynamic arrangements of: JS Bach, John Coltrane, Anton Webern, OutKast, Jazz Standards and Original Compositions for Jazz violin, Jazz trio with string quartet and the occasional live-electronic remix.
Composer: Track Time
1. J.S. Bach: Solo Violin Sonata in G minor: Adagio 4:16
2. J. Coltrane: Giant Steps 4:14
3. Of Webern: A Color between Colors :59
4. Alone Together 3:12
5. A. Webern: Four Pieces op. 7- i. 3:16
6. Of Webern: Contrast color :41
7. Outkast: Prototype 5:37
8. J.S. Bach: Solo Violin Sonata in G minor: Presto 2:57
9. Of Webern: Compare :25
10. A. Webern: Four Pieces op.7 - iii. 2:49
11. A. Hills: Prime :44
12. Descent 3:09
13. Tectonics 7:42
14. A Breath in Time 3:38
15. Gone. 2:24
16. J.S. Bach: Solo Violin Sonata in G minor: Siciliana 2:35
17. Bach "Remix" - Solo Violin Sonata in G minor: Fugue 3:53
18. A. Webern: Four Pieces op.7 - iv. 2:46
19. A. Webern: Four Pieces op.7 - ii. 1:27
20. A Drop of Wind 3:52
21. Of Color(s) "Remix" 3:06
22. Of Color(s) and (UN)-folding 5:50
23. Gone 2:25
Player and instrument:
Curtis Stewart, Violin, Original Compositions, Arrangements, Words and Poetry
Alex Hills, Piano, composer "Prime"
Alex Wyatt, Percussion
Fung Chern Hwei, Violin II track 22
Joanna Mattrey, Viola tracks 20, 22
Jeremy Harman, Cello tracks 14, 22
Tyler Gilmore, Electronics
LATEST REVIEWS - UPDATE
Curtis Stewart has created a musical offering of incredible scope and depth, this album is a thing of cool intelligence, warm beauty and hot violin virtuosity. I mean, it has everything a music-lover could hope to find in a single experience. Far from self-indulgent, it is self-revelatory. It is vulnerable. It is creation.
-Travis Rogers, Jr., Jazz Times Online
Of Colors, the phenomenal debut release of violin virtuoso Curtis Stewart is as colorful as the cover implies. Stewart brings a witty and fresh perspective to classical as with no hint whatsoever of gimmickry. He lights up compositions by everyone from Bach to Coltrane and does with great flair. Stewart adds elements of beat box along with dissonant sounds and words like a painter might use a splatter brush or sponge to add texture to a canvas. It's hearing someone cut a new path to a familiar place. An outstanding work by a bold and very talented player that should be heard.
- Glenn Daniels, The Jazz Page
"With a resume that shows he's played everything with everybody, he takes this tour de force to Mars and back with cohesive, on point playing. A genre defying date of progressive music that doesn't fit into any pigeon hole, he's just going to blow your mind as he takes you from jazz to classics to rap and back again. If you're ready, willing and able to look beyond the top 40, this date is totally breath taking. Hot stuff."
-Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"The musical component is important, but not the only one! And from my perspective Curtis Stewart on his own becomes on par with Alexander Scriabin and Oliver Messiaen, for which there is a special place linking sound and color. Curtis Stewart's Of Colors enters a new bright page in his creative biography."
- Leonid Auskern, Jazzquad (Russia)
Astonishingly original and unique, few albums are released today that come up to the standard of this wonderful modern jazz/classical crossover, very avant-garde jazz artist, Curtis Stewart. A spectacular violinist by anyone's standards. Expand your mind and musical experiences and spend time with the creative magic of Curtis Stewart and ensemble. He is a major figure to watch rise.
-Grady Harp, Amazon.com 5 out of 5 Stars – Top 100 Reviewer, Hall of Fame and Vine Voice
It is a sea of emotions both up and down. The landscape is far-reaching. His work spans twenty-three tracks, you are sure to connect at some level and reflect, embrace and enjoy the experience.
-D.Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Newsletter
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