On Saturday, June 2nd, Brooklyn-based keyboardist/composer Andy Milne and his longstanding group Dapp Theory
(formerly Cosmic Dapp Theory) will perform at New Haven's Firehouse 12
as part of its five-stop June tour of the Northeast. The group, which strives to link the essence of jazz with hip hop and other forms of musical expression, features vocalist/percussive poet/MC John Moon, saxophonist Loren Stillman, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Sean Rickman.
Dapp Theory defies convention," declared JazzReview.com's John Kelman in his review of the band's latest CD, Y'all Just Don't Know (Concord Records). While incorporating influences from a variety of sources, Milne has fashioned a band that is difficult to pigeonhole. Yes, there are elements of hip-hop, fusion, M-BASE, more traditional jazz harmony and a taste of the avant-garde; but in the capable hands of Milne and Dapp Theory, it all melds into something that rings of the familiar yet is completely new."
Critics write that Milne thrills" (Tom Terrell, JazzTimes) while he makes his mark as a sophisticated, high-energy performer with important things to say" (David R. Adler, All Music Guide). AllAboutJazz.com's Nils Jacobson adds, anyone who's open to Milne's fresh outlook will likely find it a revelation." In addition to Dapp Theory, which he founded in 1998 after ending his prolific stint with saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman, Milne performs as a solo pianist and in duos with tap dancer Heather Cornell, harmonica player Grgoire Maret and fellow pianist Benoit Delbecq. All five projects will be documented on forthcoming CDs, including Dapp Theory's third recording, Layers of Chance (Contrology Records), coming in October.
About Firehouse 12:
Firehouse 12 is an award-winning bar, state of the art recording studio and unusually intimate music venue located in New Haven's historic Ninth Square District. Its distinctive 75-seat performance space, located inside the recording studio, offers world-class acoustics and unprecedented technical possibilities to both listeners and performers. Many of the most respected names in jazz and creative improvised music have performed at Firehouse 12 since it opened its doors in April 2005.
The local media has called it one of the region's prime centers for new and improvised music" (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant), noting both its astutely stylish, updated-classic aesthetic" (Hugh Elton, New Haven Advocate) and its dedicated fan base of people who bring near-religious reverence to the music, producing an exchange of energy that often fires great performances" (Regina DeAngelo, New Haven Independent). Play's David Lewis recently added, they present such an amazing assortment of artists that you really can't go wrong."
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven recognized owner/producer/recording engineer Nick Lloyd with a 2006 Arts Award for his visionary restoration" of this landmark firehouse building, which also earned the architects, Gray Organschi Architecture, a 2006 Design Award in the preservation category from Connecticut's chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
In 2007, Firehouse 12 founded its own label, Firehouse 12 Records, with the intention of releasing a mix of physical and digital-only recordings, including music recorded live during recent performances. Its first new releases, the Anthony Braxton 12+1tet's 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 and the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet's The Middle Picture, were released April 3rd.
Spring 2007 Spring Jazz Series schedule:
03/16 :: Steve Davis Quintet featuring Mike DiRubbo
03/23 :: Frank Kimbrough Trio
03/30 :: Ullmann/Swell 4tet featuring Barry Altschul
04/06 :: Wallace Roney Sextet
04/13 :: Step In: Joe Fonda/Carlo Morena/George Schuller
04/20 :: Taylor Ho Bynum Trio
04/27 :: Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts
05/04 :: Tyshawn Sorey Quartet
05/11 :: David Weiss and The Point of Departure Quintet
05/18 :: Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet
05/25 :: Kris Davis Quartet
06/02 :: Andy Milne & Dapp Theory
06/08 :: Adam Birnbaum Trio