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Andy Milne

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. His quintet Dapp Theory occupies the cross roads between lyrical jazz piano, funkified polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poeticism. Their 2014 release, Forward in all Directions, was produced by Grammy winner Jimmy Haslip.

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.

In addition to his multiple projects, Milne is a highly sought after educator. He is the assistant director of The School for Improvisational Music, and is an adjunct professor at New York University, New School University and Columbia University.