Andrew Dewar

Andrew Raffo  Dewar

Associate Professor; Co-Director of Creative Campus

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BA, Anthropology, Music, and Asian Studies, University of Minnesota

MA, Music Composition and Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University

PhD, Music Composition and Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University


New College

Creative Campus

Sonic Frontiers


Andrew Raffo Dewar is associate professor in New College and the School of Music. He also serves the University as co-director of Creative Campus, and as artistic director of New College’s Sonic Frontiers concert series for adventurous music.

He holds an interdisciplinary BA in Anthropology, Music and Asian Studies from the University of Minnesota and an MA and Ph.D. in music composition and ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University.

Dr. Dewar’s research interests include experimentalism in the arts, jazz and improvisation, music technologies, intercultural music, and 1960s intermedia arts.

His writing has been published in the Journal of the Society for American Music, Leonardo Music Journal, Jazz Perspectives, Jazz Research Journal, the New Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd Edition), Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century, as well as a chapter in the forthcoming volume Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Representation and Subjectivity, eds. Gillian Siddall & Ellen Waterman (Duke University Press, 2016).

He has presented talks on his research and music at the annual meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for American Music, the American Musicological Society, a number of international conferences, and has been an invited speaker at schools including the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Bowling Green State University, California Institute of the Arts, Rutgers University, the University of Victoria in Canada, and Greece’s Aristotle University.

In addition to his work as an ethnomusicologist, Dr. Dewar is an acclaimed soprano saxophonist and composer who regularly performs internationally. He studied with experimental jazz legends Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, and Bill Dixon, and experimental music composer Alvin Lucier. He has also had a long involvement with Indonesian music.

Recordings of Dewar’s work are available on more than a dozen albums published by record labels from throughout the United States and Europe. He also performs on five albums by MacArthur fellow and NEA Jazz Master Anthony Braxton, and on one album by The Bill Dixon Orchestra.

Dr. Dewar has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, NewMusicUSA, ASCAP, the Getty Foundation, Arts International, Meet The Composer, The San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.