Pianist Andy Milne Receives Juno Award Nomination and Announces Spring Tour

The Seasons of Being is nominated for Best Group Jazz Album

Andy Milne’s Unison Trio Will Appear in NY, DC, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, LA, Cleveland, Ann Arbor


January 29, 2019 — Internationally acclaimed pianist and composer
Andy Milne has received a 2019 Juno Nomination for his new album The Seasons of Being. Backed by his genre-crossing, critically acclaimed quintet Dapp Theory, The Seasons of Being explores the body, spirit and mind on music, channeling the diagnostic principles of homeopathic healing to captivate the emotional characterization of each improvising musician. The album was released on Sunnyside in September, 2018 and is currently nominated for Best Group Jazz Album. This is Milne’s first Juno nod and the announcement comes on January 29, the pianists’ birthday.

“I’m elated on my birthday to receive my first ever Juno nomination. As a kid growing up in Canada, I regarded the Junos as something completely unrelated to my world, yet somehow strangely desirable,” says Milne, “As a professional, I appreciate the peer acknowledgement associated with this distinction and I’m looking forward to celebrating with colleagues.”

Milne’s Dapp Theory group, made up of woodwind specialist Aaron Kruziki, bassist Christopher Tordini, drummer Kenny Grohowski and wordsmith John Moon, is joined by A-list improvisers Ralph Alessi, Ben Monder, La Tanya Hall, Michael Attias and Christopher Hoffman on what is the visionary musician’s most ambitious project yet. The Seasons of Being has garnered widespread critical acclaim including a four-star review from Downbeat Magazine.

This nomination kicks off what is poised to be a banner year for the visionary musician. On February 16, Milne and his Unison Trio will perform in Nyack, New York at Maureen’s Jazz Cellar before embarking on a multi-date Spring tour that will make stops in New York, Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Milne’s Unison Trio is made up of bassist John Hebert and drummer Clarence Penn. The group looks forward to making their recording debut for release in 2020. See full itinerary here:

April 11, 2019 University of Michigan (Masterclass/Performance) Ann Arbor, MI 4:00 PM Details
April 12, 2019 The Rex Toronto, ON 9:30 PM Tix/Details (Available soon)
April 13, 2019 Kerrytown Concert House Ann Arbor, MI 8:00 PM Tix/Details
April 14, 2019 Bop Stop Cleveland, OH 7:00 PM Tix/Details
April 15, 2019 University of Michigan (Masterclass/Performance) Ann Arbor, MI 6:00 PM Details
April 17, 2019 Mr. Musichead Gallery Los Angeles, CA 7:30 PM Tix/Details (Available soon)
April 18, 2019 The Outpost Albuquerque, NM 7:30 PM Tix/Details
April 19, 2019 The Gig Santa Fe, NM 7:30 PM Tix/Details
April 20, 2019 Greenwich House – Sound it Out Series
(+ Hank Roberts, Ralph Alessi & Yoko Reikano Kimura)
New York, NY 8:00 PM Tix/Details (Available soon)
May 6, 2019 Solo Piano Show
Arts Club of Washington
Washington, DC 7:00 PM Tix/Details (Available soon)

 

Throughout this new year, Milne looks forward to spending time at the University of Michigan where he recently joined the Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation assistant professor of music. “We are so thrilled to have Andy Milne on our faculty here at the University of Michigan,” said Andrew Bishop, chair of U-M’s Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation. “He is such a dynamic and imaginative musician, and his group Dapp Theory is one of the most inventive groups in the contemporary musical landscape. I’m thrilled that he is getting recognition for The Seasons of Being with this Juno Award nomination.”

A fearless, versatile explorer, pianist/composer Andy Milne has been a distinct and respected voice at the heart of New York’s creative jazz scene for over 20 years, collaborating with dancers, visual artists, poets and musicians spanning jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music. At the piano he skillfully blends poetic gravitas with a playful sense of order.

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, as well as performing with Cassandra Wilson and Greg Osby. Milne composed and produced the scores for seven documentary films by acclaimed director William Shatner and has released nine recordings as a leader or co-leader.


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