Curtis Nowosad, Photography, CD design and Website Setup, Nov 10 2012

Curtis Nowosad, Winnipeg Drummer, asked me to help him out with his first CD release.

We started out shooting some pics of the recording at the end of June 2012.

Then I helped Curtis set up a WordPress website with the proper theme and hosting and widgets, etc…

Then we did a photo shoot for the cover of the CD, and I designed the whole CD inside and out.

Finally a poster was designed and then I shot the CD release party at the PARK theatre.

The full meal deal!

Curtis Nowosad CD design by Leif Norman as it looked in Photoshop
Curtis Nowosad CD design by Leif Norman as it looked in real life





Recording the Jazz CD. June 2012


Curtis Nowosad; Recording the Jazz CD, and drinking coffee


Wicked Sparkly Drum set



How to mic the Piano


Julian Bradford on bass


Rhodes Mark 1 Stage Piano




Curtis Nowosad on Drums





Drum Felt Macro


The recording studio, in progress








Will Bonness on piano and keyboards



Derrick Gardner on trumpet


Laurent Roy on guitar and the audio mix




Jimmy Greene on tenor saxophone










Derrick Gardner on trumpet


Will Bonness on piano and keyboards


Jimmy Greene on tenor saxophone


Julian Bradford on bass


Laurent Roy on guitar



Steve Kirby on Bass



Steve Kirby on Bass





In the recording studio, lots of cables and connections




Yamaha Piano




marks on the drum head, abstract art




Sparkly Drum Out of Focus Bokeh



Winnipeg, MB, Canada – Know-a-sad Music is thrilled to announce the release of the debut album from Curtis Nowosad, The Skeptic & the Cynic, with a special album release party at the Park Theatre on Thursday, November 8th, 2012.

The Skeptic & the Cynic is a collection of instrumental jazz covers by popular artists such as Michael Jackson, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Black Star, and 2Pac, as well as two brand-new original compositions.  The album features a powerhouse line-up: Curtis Nowosad on drums, Jimmy Greene on tenor saxophone, Derrick Gardner on trumpet, Will Bonness on piano and keyboards, Steve Kirby and Julian Bradford on bass, and special guests Laurent Roy on guitar and two-time Grammy Nominee Taylor Eigsti on piano.  The band navigates these unlikely vehicles in a masterful way, lending their distinct voices to Nowosad’s musical vision.

The album release party will be held at the Park Theatre (698 Osborne St.) on Thursday, November 8th, at 9pm, with performances by Nowosad, Derrick Gardner, Steve Kirby, Will Bonness, Laurent Roy, Craig Bailey, and many special guests, including a rare DJ set by Steve St. Louis, who will be coming out of retirement to spin an all-vinyl, soul jazz party set.  Doors open at 8, and music starts at 9.  Tickets are $10 and are available at The Park Theatre, Music Trader (97 Osborne St.), Jazz Winnipeg (100 Arthur St.),, or by email at

This release also marks the launch of Know-a-sad Music, a platform for Curtis Nowosad to release and distribute his music locally, nationally, and internationally. The website,, was launched in mid-September.

Curtis Nowosad is a drummer based in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.  You can follow him on Twitter (, like him on Facebook (, or listen to his sounds on SoundCloud (


The WordPress website;

The Studio shoot for the CD cover.

Curtis Nowosad






Curtis Nowosad



This is the photo that was chosen for the cover of the CD. It was only intended to be a shot to show Curtis in the studio with some photo lights to put on the blog, but we liked it so much it became the cover shot.















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