Strings and Serpents

Strings and Serpents


featuring: Andy Milne, Benoît Delbecq, Tsugumi Yamamoto &

Ai Kajigano

“...quixotic interrogations of harmony and timbre.”

The New York Times

Plying rhythmic forms and sonic colors in a shared language of improvisation, jazz pianists Andy Milne and Benoît Delbecq partner with the Japanese koto duo TsuguKaji-KOTO, amid the swirling washes of Saki Murotani’s projected animation. Conceived and composed by Milne—founder of Dapp Theory and noted veteran of New York’s downtown jazz scene—the 75-minute epic draws on the myth of the Rainbow Serpent as it opens new multilayered dialogues between East and West, sight and sound. As the piano duo Crystal Magnets, Milne and Delbecq are known for fluid melodies and percussive prepared-piano textures, while the twosome of Ai Kajigano and Tsugumi Yamamoto explore the vivid tones of the koto in original repertoire that connects the traditional with the contemporary.

Commissioned by The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. Supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, the Canada Council for the Arts, and New Music USA.

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SUN 10/26
7:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff