|“The idea behind Dapp Theory is to create complete musical compositions that groove as hard as they express melodic and poetic lyricism.”— Andy Milne
Dapp Theory is a quintet that blends “contemporary funk, groove and hip-hop into jazz with such seamless, casual precision it’s almost freaky.”
Leader, pianist/composer Andy Milne is one of the most important and respected voices in jazz today. He formed the band in 1998 as a vehicle to “tell passionate stories, promote peace and inspire collective responsibility towards uplifting the human spiritual condition.” Since that time, the band has evolved, blending influences ranging from Joni Mitchell and KRS One to Thelonious Monk and Van Halen. Their music is indefinable yet highly recognizable, intersecting lyrical jazz piano, funkified polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poeticism. With Dapp Theory, Milne combines the talents of percussive poet John Moon, saxophonist Aaron Kruziki, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Kenny Grohowski, helping to re-draw and extend the boundaries of jazz.
The band’s newest release Forward in All Directions [Contrology], was produced by Grammy award winner Jimmy Haslip. It follows their second release, Layers of Chance [Contrology], 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 will premiere The Seasons of Being, a suite for a ten-piece edition of Dapp Theory, commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works.
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