Curtis Hasselbring is a trombonist, guitarist and composer who resides in Brooklyn, NY. Curtis leads the groups The New Mellow Edwards, Decoupage and the Curha-chestra. He has also been co/leading the newly-formed DaHa Orchestra with Andrew D'Angelo. Curha is Curtis's alias/nickname and is his sample-based project involving a stack of
LPs, a wide variety of instruments and a general disdain for sunlight.
He has spent the last 20 years playing and recording with such diverse artists as Medeski Martin & Wood, Slavic Soul Party, Golem, Bobby Previte, Gloria Deluxe, the Either Orchestra, Andrew D’Angelo, Mr. Dorgon, Satoko Fujii, the Jazz Passengers, Frank London, Tom Harrell, Cuong Vu’s Vu-tet, Roberto Rodriguez and Anthony Coleman among others. Curtis appears on over 60 recordings including his first release as a leader with the New Mellow Edwards on Skirl Records.
Curtis has composed a wide variety of music, including chamber music, music for TV and large jazz ensemble pieces as well as his electronic works (as Curha). Curtis’s music aims to strike a balance between the avant garde and the listenable, between the inane and the intelligent, between the humorous and the dark side.
Curtis has also been doing clinics at colleges around the nation as well as having his music performed by musicians all over the world. If you are interested please contact Curtis at "curha at curha.com".
-from curha.com, 6/3/09
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