Andrew Raffo Dewar, Ph.D. (b.1975 Rosario, Argentina) is a composer, soprano saxophonist, synthesist, and ethnomusicologist whose music spans the spectrum of through-composed chamber music, aleatoric and algorithmic composition, electroacoustic music, and open improvisation.
He studied with experimentalist composer/performers Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, and Bill Dixon, and has performed regularly in Braxton's ensembles since 2005.
Recent music includes new work for his ensembles in San Francisco, New York City, and Hamburg, music for film, compositions incorporating ethnographic interviews, biofeedback, and installations and performances utilizing 3D spatial audio. Dewar's recordings as a composer and performer are available on over two dozen albums published in the United States and Europe. He has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, NewMusicUSA, ASCAP, the Getty Foundation, Arts International, Meet The Composer, The San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Scholars Program.
His ethnographic research has examined 1970s intermedia art in Argentina during a military dictatorship, 1960s electronic music collective the Sonic Arts Union, and philosophical
issues of ontology in jazz performance and music technologies.
Photo by Jennifer Caputo
Andrew Raffo Dewar is Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts in New College and the
School of Music at the University of Alabama, USA