Curtis Hasselbring is a trombonist, guitarist and composer. Curtis leads the groups The New Mellow Edwards, Decoupage and the Curha-chestra. Curha is Curtis's frequently invoked nickname as well as his sample-based electronic project involving a stack of LPs, a wide variety of instruments and a certain eagerness for deconstructing his own music.
He has been an in-demand trombonist and guitarist spending the the last 25 years playing and recording with such diverse artists as Medeski Martin & Wood,Slavic Soul Party, Golem, Bobby Previte, Josh Roseman, the Either Orchestra, Andrew D’Angelo,Satoko Fujii, Frank London, Tom Harrell, Matt Darriau, and Anthony Coleman among others. Curtis appears on over 70 recordings including two releases as a leader with the New Mellow Edwards on Skirl Records and a third one just out on Cuneiform Records (his Number Stations Project). In 2010, Curtis received the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program to compose the piece, Number Stations, for the New Mellow Edwards and Decoupage combined.
Curtis has composed copious amounts of music ranging from chamber works to full-blown big band pieces to music for children's television. He has also released several self-made recordings of his own electronic creations under the Curha name.