"Iíve been repeatedly impressed by the consistency and rigor of [Chen's] work...lovely and unexpected..." Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
Andrew Raffo Dewar, saxophone, and Jonathan Chen, violin will perform three 20 minute sets.
One set will be performed together as a duo and two sets will be performed solo. In their solo sets they will perform improvised works informed by generative idioms that have been developed compositionally. As a duo, Chen and Dewar will improvise freely.
JONATHAN CHENís work includes installation, composition, improvisation, interpretation, and video. One of his current projects, Platform, is a component within a larger research project linking the philosophies of Marcel Duchamp and Friedrich Nietzsche and involves the installation of slowly moving platforms. Chenís work has been performed or installed at venues both in the U.S. and internationally. He has worked with artists such as Tatsu Aoki, Anthony Braxton, Flux String Quartet, & Alvin Lucier among others. He received his Master of Music in violin performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL in 1999. In 2006 he completed his Master of Arts in music composition at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. Chen is currently working on his PhD in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
ANDREW RAFFO DEWAR is a composer, improviser, woodwind instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist and Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts in the New College and music department at the University of Alabama, USA.
Since 1995, he has been active in the music communities of Minneapolis, New Orleans, the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, performing his work in North America, Southeast Asia and Europe.
He has had the good fortune to study and make music with saxophonist/composers Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton
and Phillip Greenlief, composer Alvin Lucier, trumpeter/composer
Bill Dixon, and multi-instrumentalist improviser Milo Fine.
He has also studied and performed Indonesian traditional and experimental music off and on for more than a decade.
As a composer, Dewar's pieces have been performed by the Flux Quartet (NYC), Sekar Anu (Indonesia), the Koto Phase ensemble (USA/Japan) and the XYZ composer collective (NYC). He has received grants from Arts International, Meet The Composer and the Getty Foundation to support his work.