Andy Milne & Dapp Theory Announce Additional Performances in Support of 'Forward In All Directions'
Andy Milne & Dapp Theory have added additional performances to their tour schedule in support of their upcoming release, Forward In All Directions. The band previously announced an album release show at Iridium Jazz Club in New York on September 23 and will follow up that performance with three additional shows in Kansas City on September 27, Atlanta on September 28 and Los Angeles on September 30. All tour dates and venues are listed below. Forward In All Directions will be released worldwide on September 9, 2014. Produced by Grammy Award winner Jimmy Haslip, and featuring guest performances from Ben Monder, Jean Baylor and Gretchen Parlato, the album is Dapp Theory's third release and marks the quintet's 15th anniversary. Contrology Records will release the 10-track album in the U.S., with Whirlwind Recordings releasing internationally.
Forward In All Directions is the first Dapp Theory recording to feature music that Milne initially composed for other projects and later rearranged for this group. It's also the first recording to be guided by an outside producer from start to finish. The title and the music reflect Milne's diverse artistic vision and chronicles the journey Dapp Theory has taken in its 15 years. "It's a milestone, a celebration, and a reflection of the changing times for artists. My life as an artist, entrepreneur, and educator requires me to move in all directions at all times and I derive joy in meeting this challenge," says Milne. He goes on, "I'm blessed with musicians who genuinely inhabit a wide range of musical spaces that span the globe. They share an understanding and sensitivity of musical palettes ranging from Appalachian folk, traditional Armenian, heavy metal, funk, hip-hop, jazz, pop, and classical music." Milne combined the talents of poet John Moon, saxophonist Aaron Kruziki, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Kenny Grohowski, helping to re-draw and extend the boundaries of jazz. "It's a special group to me because everybody understands what I'm trying to do musically and they trust me." In their 15 years, the band has evolved and built a loyal following of fans who appreciate their indefinable sound, blending influences ranging from Joni Mitchell and KRS One to Thelonious Monk and Van Halen.
Tour Dates: September 23 - New York, NY - The Iridium September 27 - Kansas City, MO - The Blue Room September 28 - Atlanta, GA - Velvet Note September 30 - Los Angeles, CA - The Blue Whale