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Andy Milne

For 30 years, two-time Juno Award winning pianist/composer Andy Milne has demonstrated boundless versatility, collaborating with dancers, visual artists, poets and musicians spanning multiple genres. A fearless improviser and respected voice at the heart of New York’s creative jazz scene, he has recorded and toured throughout the world with Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, Carlos Ward and Carla Cook, and has collaborated with a range of artists including Andrew Cyrille, Sekou Sundiata, Avery Brooks, Bruce Cockburn, Fred Hersch, Ben Monder, Dianne Reeves, Jen Shyu, Tyshawn Sorey and Jamie Baum. A former student of Oscar Peterson, Milne was at the center of the M-BASE Collective as a core member of saxophonist Steve Coleman’s bands in the 1990s, performing frequently with Cassandra Wilson and Greg Osby. After a formative apprenticeship with Coleman, Milne stepped out on his own to conquer his own musical frontiers, eventually forming his longstanding quintet Dapp Theory in 1998. Milne has composed and produced seven film scores for William Shatner and has released 11 recordings as a leader or co-leader.

In 2017, Enriched with creative insights from his multiple projects, Milne formed his latest group, UNISON, to return to his first love, exploring the intimacy of the piano trio. The synchronistic relationship Milne has enjoyed with bassist John Hébert since 2010 is matchlessly rounded out with drummer Clarence Penn, who represents complimentary threads within the fabric of Milne’s piano trio philosophy — the intersection of texture and groove. In 2020, Sunnyside Records released UNISON’s debut, “The reMission” which won the 2021 JUNO Award for Jazz Album of the Year: Group and has also received widespread media praise.

Milne’s most ambitious project, The Seasons of Being, showcases a 10-piece ensemble featuring Dapp Theory, plus five distinguished guest improvisers. Commissioned by Chamber Music America, the music explores the body, spirit and mind on music, using the diagnostic principles of homeopathy to captivate the emotional characterization of each soloist. It premiered at Millersville University and Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2015. The recording, released on Sunnyside Records in 2018 was awarded the 2019 Juno Award for Jazz Album of the Year:Group. This special project follows the dynamic 2014 Dapp Theory release Forward in all Directions, produced by multi-Grammy winner, Jimmy Haslip.

In 2014, with support from The Japan Foundation and New Music USA, Milne premiered Strings & Serpents at Lincoln Center. The interdisciplinary collaboration combines two pianos and two kotos, with animation depicting The Rainbow Serpent Mythology. A synthesis of Japanese and Western structures in terms of melody, form, improvisational language and rhythm, the work merges musical and visual forms into a unified experience. Strings & Serpents will release their debut recording and tour North America in 2018.

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“The reMission as of one this year’s finest recordings.” [AllAboutJazz.com]

"Milne's talent is unequivocal, ... unraveling newfound landscapes, ... innovative approaches to reharmonization and re-rhythmification" [AllAboutJazz.com]

"Andy Milne's resistance to creative stasis and the status quo help make each of his new releases intriguing in a different way than the last." [Downbeat]

Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Ann Arbor

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

University of Michigan School For Improvisational Music

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Fragile

Intakt Records
2022

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The reMission

Sunnyside Records
2020

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Hypocrisy Democracy

Self Produced
2020

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The Seasons of Being

Sunnyside Records
2018

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Forward In All...

Self Produced
2015

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Forward in All...

Contrology Records/Whirlwind Recordings
2014

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Knit Wit

From: Hypocrisy Democracy
By Andy Milne

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