Andy Milne & Dapp Theory – EPK

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Dapp Theory is a quintet that blends “contemporary funk, groove and hip-hop into jazz with such seamless, casual precision it’s almost freaky.”

(LA Weekly)

Their music intersects lyrical jazz piano, funkified polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poeticism. Leader, pianist/composer Andy Milne is one of the most important and respected voices in jazz today. He combines the talents of poet John Moon, saxophonist Aaron Kruziki, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Kenny Grohowski, helping to re-draw and extend the boundaries of jazz. Milne formed the band in 1998 as a vehicle to “tell passionate stories, promote peace and inspire collective responsibility towards uplifting the human spiritual condition.” In their 15 years, the band has evolved and built a loyal following of fans who appreciate their indefinable sound, blending influences ranging from Joni Mitchell and KRS One to Thelonious Monk and Van Halen.

Dapp Theory’s 2014 release Forward in All Directions [Contrology/Whirlwind], was produced by Grammy award winner Jimmy Haslip and features guest performances from Ben Monder, Jean Baylor and Gretchen Parlato. It follows their second release, Layers of Chance [Contrology/ObliqSound], released in 2008, which Jazz Times Magazine describes as “remarkable chemistry . . . [as] . . . so impeccable, it’s practically a musical Unified Field Theory”. Their first major label CD, Y’all Just Don’t Know [Concord], released in 2003 included an ambitious collaboration with folk-rock icon Bruce Cockburn. In 2015, Milne premiered The Seasons of Being, a suite for a ten-piece edition of Dapp Theory, commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works.


“… an album that brims with both emphatic and implied elements. Forward, yes, but never simply forward in a neat, linear fashion.” jazziz
“Striking album… There’s a very pleasing mix of toughness and lyricism in this recording, brought together by producer Jimmy Haslip. The writing brings beauty, emotion and narrative to more cerebral M-Base patterns in a very satisfying way.” london jazz
“Dapp Theory stands at the meeting point of lyrical jazz piano, funkified polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poeticism. In other words, fasten your seatbelts – you’re in for a memorable trip.” keyboard logo
“… the quintet designs a multi-genre gait that yields high dividends … [appealing to] the younger generation along with well-versed aficionados who appreciate the ever-evolving state of jazz music.” ejazznews logo
“Milne possesses an extensive musical vocabulary and projects an open-to-anything-attitude in his work. … He’s a shrewd sound painter who produces astounding patchwork canvases that speak to dualities in sound, style, text, and subtext. … While traveling here, there, and everywhere, Andy Milne has found a way to bottle and package musical lightning.” allabout jazz logo
“Dapp Theory is an intriguing quintet that balances compelling ideas and interaction, jazz improvisation and infectious grooves, electric and acoustic instruments, and some serious words with the music.” edmonton journal logo



(select tracks from new 2014 release “Forward in All Directions”)


(recent performances)

Meet the Band:

Pianist/composer Andy Milne has toured and recorded with Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, Carlos Ward and Carla Cook and has collaborated with a range of artists including Sekou Sundiata, Avery Brooks, Bruce Cockburn, Fred Hersch, and Dianne Reeves. During the 1990s, Milne was at the center of the M-BASE collective, collaborating extensively with saxophonist Steve Coleman, as well as with Cassandra Wilson and Greg Osby. In addition to Dapp Theory, Milne composes for multiple projects spanning everything from complex rhythmic grooves and free improvisations, to orchestral works and film scores. In 2012 he was commissioned by The Japan Foundation and New Music USA to create Strings and Serpents; a multi-disciplinary project featuring artists from Japan, France, Canada and the US. Since 2011 he has composed and produced the scores for seven documentary films directed by acclaimed director William Shatner. In 2013, Milne was selected to compose an orchestral work for The American Composers Orchestra as part of their JCOI New Music Readings.

Andy Milne

Saxophonist Aaron Kruziki was raised in a family of teachers and artists. After graduating from New England Conservatory in 2008, he moved to New York City. Inspired by the sounds of barbershop and sacred music, Kruziki’s approach also blends the French classical school with the concepts of improvisers George Garzone and Ran Blake. He has toured throughout North Africa with violinist Armenuhi Kehkeyan, as well as throughout Europe and Brazil. He moves fluidly between woodwinds, keyboards and vocals, performing in genres ranging from avante-pop, rock Armenian Folk and jazz.

Aaron Kruziki

Vocalist/percussive poet/MC John Moon uses sound and visuals to change the way people interpret what they hear. Moon comes out of the hip-hop tradition of emceeing, but his voice was also equally inspired by Amiri Baraka, Eric Dolphy, Jean Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dali and Ornette Coleman. He spits rhymes of collage; half painter, half poet. A graduate of DC’s Duke Ellington High School for the Arts, Moon has shared his experiments with sound in performance with the Free Style Union, Amphibians Collective and the Avant-God Vi_lence. He regards the “current state of despair in the world” as his ultimate inspiration for creating beauty in the world.

John Moon

Chris Tordini is an in-demand bassist on the New York scene. Immediately upon graduating from The New School in 2006, he was asked to join Dapp Theory. He has performed with Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt and John Hollenbeck and collaborates frequently with Ari Hoenig, Becca Stevens, Tyshawn Sorey and Michael Dessen. Tordini also performs and records with Tigran Hamasyan, Mike Pinto, Andrew D’Angelo, Chris Speed, Jim Black, and Yaron Herman.

Chris Tordini

Drummer Kenny Grohowski has been performing since the age of 14. His rich musical background is demonstrated through the growing list of his collaborators, including Vernon Reid, Peter Cincotti, Bobby Sanabria, Bill T. Jones, Rory Stuart, Cassandra Wilson, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Giovanni Hidalgo, John Benitez, Domingo Quinones, and Bobby Valentin. Grohowski has been a member of bassist Lonnie Plaxico’s band since 2003 and performed during the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards with the award winning group RBD. He currently tours and records with Shanir Blumenkranz ABRAXAS, featuring the music of John Zorn and has performed extensively with bassist Felix Pastorius. Grohowski is currently completing a solo CD, which blends influences ranging from Weather Report, Allan Holdsworth, Meshuggah, Miles Davis, Gonzalo Rubalcaba NS Brand X.

Kenny Grohowski


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