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Curtis Macdonald is a Contemporary Instrumental artist that weaves a tapestry of New Age, Smooth Jazz and Electronica into a blend that captures the heart and reflects an array of emotions. His lyrical piano melodies and improvised solos compliment the music with a romantic and soulful approach that combined with image inspiring arrangements create an original artistic signature style.

He is a graduate composer from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California and has twenty CDs in release. In 2013, Curtis Macdonald received Grammy consideration for Best Instrumental Pop Record for the CMMP release “When Dreams Come True”, and in 2007 received Grammy consideration for Best New Age Record for the EverSound release “Everlasting” as well as placing in the New Age Reporter Top 100 Recordings.

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After 30 years of creating music in my signature style of New Age instrumentals, EverSound in collaboration with CMMPmusic is releasing “Where the Heart Belongs – The Very Best of Curtis Macdonald”. Coordinated with the help of EverSound's Javier Sanz and re-mastering by Leslie Chew, I had the opportunity to edit down many of the fan favorites in this heartfelt and memorable collection.

Using my talents as a music editor, I wanted to represent many of the tracks as concise radio-edits and reward the listener with versions that portray the major essence of the music.


A few of the tracks, “Everlasting”, “Our Love Is Forever” and "Coast of Dreams” have the talents of vocalist Lucia Imán, who's graceful and haunting wordless vocals compliment the acoustic piano melodies and add an atmosphere of warmth and beauty.


Many of the tracks are co-produced by award winning producer John Adorney. Adorney's impeccable guitar and cello performances as well as Lucia's vocal arrangements enhance the overall mood and magnify the visual imagery of my compositions.


The collection represents many of the genres I have admired. From the sentimental new age solo piano work of “Goodnight Moon” and “Coming Home” to the contemporary jazz of "Summerland” and “This Evening Is Ours”. My two personnel favorites “Holder of My Heart” and the title track “Where the Heart Belongs” exemplify my fondness for transparent arrangements using creative electronic instrumentation.


This retrospect of my musical journey up till now is an enjoyable listening experience and is a perfect soundtrack for reflective and inspiring moments. A romantic exploration expressing where the heart belongs.

TRACK LIST

Everlasting
Where the Heart Belongs

Promise

Holder of My Heart

No Place Like Home

Spirit of Wishes

Always Kiss Me Goodbye

Kanan to the Sea
Tierra Rejada

Our Love Is Forever
Coming Home

Summerland

This Evening Is Ours

Shadow Crossing
Ocean Avenue

Coast of Dreams
Goodnight Moon




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Are you an instrumental artist that would be interested in covering one of my melodic instrumentals?


After many years of composing in the contemporary instrumental/ New Age genre I have always wanted to hear other artists cover a select few of my compositions. As an arranger, I hear in my head many variations of how to interpret these songs, but to give the chance to anyone who would like to arrange their own interpretation would be something special. If interested please visit cmmpmusic.com/acalltocover for more information.

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“When Dreams Come True”   Wind and Wire ~ Bill Binkelman | Music and Media Focus ~ Michael Diamond
“Los Angeles”   Music and Media Focus ~ Michael Diamond
"Christmas"   
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Curtis Macdonald Discography: Click on album cover to listen

Curtis Macdonald - Where the Heart Belongs
                        - The Very Best of Curtis Macdonald CD Cover Curtis Macdonald - Breeze CD Cover Curtis Macdonald - A Crack in the
                        Windshield CD Cover
Curtis Macdonald - Christmas CD Cover Curtis Macdonald - Los Angeles CD Cover Curtis Macdonald - When Dreams Come True CD
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Curtis Macdonald - Within This Mist of Blue
                        CD Cover Curtis Macdonald - Suburban Prairie CD
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Curtis Macdonald - The Wishing Well CD
                        Cover Curtis Macdonad - With Every Intimate
                        Breath CD Cover Curtis Macdonald - A Whisper to Remember CD
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Curtis Macdonald - Hard Rains Often Fall CD
                        Cover Curtis Macdonald - Chershire Moon CD Cover Curtis Macdonald - Anything and Everything
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Curtis Macdonald - Home on the Horizon CD
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Curtis Macdonald - Falling Into Midnight CD
                        Cover Curtis Macdonald - Gold Coast CD Cover Curtis Macdonald - Grandcascade CD Cover
Curtis Macdonald - Shadow Crossing CD
                        Cover Curtis Macdonald - Spackle - Promise CD
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 Curtis Macdonald (AKA
                Curtis S.D. Macdonald)

Biography



Curtis Macdonald was born in 1962 and grew up in Westlake Village, a suburb north of Los Angeles after experiencing a childhood in North Hollywood and Canoga Park, California.


A self-taught pianist and then educated composer, Curtis studied and earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in composition at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. His mentors included Mort Subotnik, Leonard Rosenman, Barry Schrader and Alan Chaplin. After graduation and only months in the real world, he landed a job with film and television engineer/mixer Steve Hallmark and participated as a composer's assistant with such shows as “Star Trek, the Next Generation” and the revamp of the "Mission Impossible" series. The “seat of the pants” training he received prepared him for the business as a working composer. He acquired the skills of working a recording studio, mixing, and production and took all that he learned and began composing for industrial videos, computer games, commercials, art installations, and music libraries. Throughout his career he has worked with Disney, Paramount, Loramar, Universal, Sony Wonder, Warner Bros, and Mattel Entertainment. As a senior composer for various music libraries his music can be heard in every media market every day. At the same time he was a commercial artist, Curtis was branching off becoming his own fine artist. The minimalist approach he acquired at Cal Arts would aid in the development of his music. During the beginning of the 1980's the elements in the minimalist movement in serious art music would transfer over to popular music as the decades evolved. Curtis utilized such elements as pattern repetition, sonic landscapes, and memorable melodies, and created a type of music that could be listenable and still be derived from the artistic schooling he received. This became an electronica sub-genre known as Ambient and Chillout, which has crossed over to New Age and Jazz, and is evident on many of his releases including "Shadow Crossing" and “Everlasting” from Eversound. His first break as an artist came when he teamed up with Steve Hallmark. As New Age music became popular in the late 1980's, their release “The Highland Project”, with its moody and melodic approach was a hint of what was to become. As Curtis became more self-aware of his personal high empathetic nature, he began to transfer his emotional sensitivity into his music. Drawing from many experiences, his approach to mirroring his feelings to melody became a staple in his compositions. His deep affection for jazz and improvisation, film scores and the use of popular song form also began to take shape and with these elements, a more cohesive and commercial appeal began to surface in the creation of his music.


Curtis's beginnings in music came from the inspiration he received from his uncle, Chris Roberts. He influenced his nephew with jazz Hammond organ skills that in turn became the beginning of learning how to improvise which Curtis took to heart as he began taking drum lessons at age six from legendary drummer Louis Bellson's brother Harry, noting that it was difficult reading linear music but he could feel and execute a groove. That feeling blossomed as he graduated to his grandmothers’ gift, a 1901 Platt upright piano and began teaching himself how to play at the age of seven. As a graphic learner, he utilized memory of pitch and the topography of the keyboard and later educated himself with the vocabulary of scales and chords. This drew his attention to music theory, orchestration, and composition. With the aid of ear training, textbooks and guidance during high school and junior college, Curtis began to compose with the influences of the contemporary jazz artists of the day. Listening to Bob James, Dave Grusin and Jeff Lorber with their approach to using “pop” formulas with improvisation became a foundation in Macdonald's own sense of composition.


At this time, Curtis played in many bands and was able to realize his compositions performing at countless dinner houses, casinos, and events as well as popular venues including The Palace, The Greek Theater, The Whisky, and The Troubadour. By the time he got to Cal Arts in the early 1980's he began composing for film. Befriending filmmakers, he scored many student films that in return gave him a solid demo reel. With reel in hand, he developed relationships in the industry and began to compose for industrials which then lead to small features and 1 hour and ½ hour television projects.


Throughout the 1990's Curtis began to experiment with the sound he has accomplished and refined today, a radio friendly and accessible pop instrumental style that reflects his personal emotions all the while using the acoustic piano as the main voice. At the beginning of the new millennium the recording label Eversound approached him and with the aid of award winning composer/producer John Adorney, “Shadow Crossing” and “Everlasting” became a reality. At the same time he started his own record label CMMP and began releasing his music with the ability to explore the genres of music dear to him while continuing to express his unique style.


For his Eversound album release, ”Everlasting”, Macdonald received Grammy consideration for Best New Age Record as well as placing in the New Age Reporter Top 100 Recordings of 2007. His song “Hope and Faith” was a top 10 hit on Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Spa” for a straight 20 weeks. In 2013 his CMMP release “When Dreams Come True” received Grammy consideration and selections achieved heavy rotation on Music Choice's Soundscapes.


He has also created the side project “Inner Balance – Modern Meditation” as a way to explore music that helps relieve stress and give the listener an ability to reduce their heart rate and find a calm center of zen.


When not composing, Curtis works as a music editor and music supervisor for film and television. He enjoys a seasonal position at Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights and performs the American Songbook with his ever-loving Vivienne DeLuca. He loves watching sports and participating in the sights and sounds of Southern California.


Curtis's goal is to continue and evolve his present sound, experimenting in popular music genres and fusing his brand of transparent arrangements with lyrical and memorable melodies. Maintaining a relationship with the listener is a key factor in his consistent approach to creating music, and his love for music and his fans keeps the adventure going.




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Curtis Macdonald - Inner
                                        Balance Modern Meditation - CD
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                                        Ambient Zen - CD Cover Curtis Macdonald - Inner
                                        Balance Modern Meditation - Deep
                                        Tranquility - CD Cover
 Curtis Macdonald - Inner Balance
                                  Modern Meditation - Transcendental
                                  Drift - CD Cover
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