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Strings and Serpents

Andy Milne: Strings and Serpents

Thursday, October 16 at 7:30
Target Free Thursdays
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage

Strings and Serpents is a multicultural, improvisational collaboration between pianists Andy Milne and Benoît Delbecq, animator Saki Murotani, and the Japanese koto duo TsuguKaji-KOTO (Ai Kajigano and Tsugumi Yamamoto). Conceived and composed by Milne—founder of Dapp Theory and noted veteran of New York’s downtown jazz scene—the program features a 30-minute animated film accompanied by combined live piano and koto performances.

An exploration of the synthesis of Japanese and Western musical structures, Strings and Serpents seamlessly blends traditional and modern koto textures with the language of jazz and contemporary improvisation. Compositions explore a polymetric approach for prepared piano and koto, expanding the interaction of rhythmic forms and sonic colors between the music and the animation, which is based on the Rainbow Serpent mythology and employs 2-D and 3-D computer-generated imagery (CGI). The story is told without dialogue or subtitles and experiments elegantly with color, shape, texture, light, and motion to enrich the relationship between the instruments.

Commissioned by the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA, funded by The Japan Foundation and New Music USA, and co-commissioned by Lincoln Center

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