About Andy Milne
A former student of Oscar Peterson, Andy Milne moved to New York City in 1991 and connected with the M-BASE Collective as a core member of saxophonist Steve Coleman’s bands. For the next decade, he performed frequently with Coleman and with Cassandra Wilson and Greg Osby. In 1998, after this formative apprenticeship, Milne set out to conquer his own musical frontiers, forming the quintet Dapp Theory. Since that time Milne has led and co-led numerous projects with a diverse array of artists, exploring multiple musical cultures and artistic forms. He is building a legacy of ambitious collaborations, including “Strings & Serpents”, the interdisciplinary collaboration combining two pianos and two kotos, synthesizing Japanese and Western traditions along with animation depicting The Rainbow Serpent Mythology. This journey has shaped his artistic backbone and helped to produce his most celebrated works, two recent Sunnyside Records releases: “The Seasons of Being” and “The reMission” both won Juno Awards for Jazz Album of the Year: Group in 2019 and 2021 respectively. While “The reMission” explores the intimacy of the piano trio at the intersections of texture and groove, “The Seasons of Being” is an exquisite and heartful examination of the body, spirit and mind on music, using the diagnostic principles of homeopathy to captivate the emotional characterization of each soloist.
About Ingrid Laubrock
Ingrid Laubrock is an experimental saxophonist and composer, interested in exploring the borders between musical realms and creating multi-layered, dense and often evocative sound worlds. A prolific composer, Laubrock was named a “true visionary” by pianist and The Kennedy Center’s artistic director Jason Moran, and a “fully committed saxophonist and visionary” by the New Yorker. Her composition Vogelfrei was nominated ‘one of the best 25 Classical tracks of 2018’ by The New York Times.
Awards include Fellowship in Jazz Composition by the Arts Foundation, BBC Jazz Prize for Innovation, SWR German Radio Jazz Prize and German Record Critics Quarterly Award. She won best Rising Star Soprano Saxophonist in the ‘Downbeat Annual Critics Poll in 2015 and best Tenor Saxophonist in 2018. She is a recipient of the 2019 Herb Alpert Ragdale Prize in Music Composition and the 2021 Berklee Institute of Gender Justice Women Composers Collection Grant. Laubrock is part-time faculty at Columbia University and The New School.