Reviews that mention Andrew Raffo Dewar

December 21, 2017

Anne LeBaron/Andrea Centazzo/Andrew Raffo Dewar

Encantamientos
pfMentum CD 104

By Ken Waxman

Residing in a sound world whose equivalent antecedents include aleatory, signal processed and improvised music, the seven tracks of Encantamiento also feature players who move easily from one genre to another without fissure. Percussionist Andrea Centazzo is known for his jazz and soundtrack work; harpist Anne LeBaron for her compositions and interpretations; while saxophonist Andrew Raffo Dewar is an academic who apprenticed with Anthony Braxton.

Essentially the idea behind the disc is that of a self-contained process where not only are singular impulses muted, but where live electronics joined with Centazzo’s percussion collection, LeBaron’s use of electric harps and Dewar’s individualized soloing drain identifiable timbres from the instruments. About the only time clearly defined harp glissandi are heard, for instance, is during “Encantamientos V” and they’re soon superseded by split-tone yodels from the soprano saxophone. Elsewhere at points LeBaron’s plucks take on bottleneck-guitar-like reverb; Dewar’s timbres vary from needle-thin whistles to near-opaque flat-line blowing; while moving among vibraphone, booming kettle drum, maracas, wood blocks and other parts of a regular drum kit, Centazzo breaks up and dislocates the rhythm. Processed wave forms further mutate expected timbres. By “Encantamientos VII” however, bracketing electronic pulses draw back allowing the instruments to align, as the linking continuum shifts constantly among the three, Agitated oscillations are still audible but overall the theme narrows into a distinct forward motion until the finale. In Spanish, the CD title loosely translates as enchantment with a touch of magic. That too could serve as a description of the sounds here. MORE

February 26, 2015

Andrew Raffo Dewar

Interactions Quartet
Ratascan Records BRD 068

Thollem/Robair

Trio Music Minus One (for Dennis Palmer)

Setola Di Maiale SM25650

Bay-area based Gino Robair brings his percussion sets and electronics to these disparate sessions of experimental music, displaying why he has over the years been involved with fellow travelers as different as John Butcher, Nina Hagen and Terry Riley. As well, his role is crucially and individually demarcated in each instance,

Interactions Quartet lives up to its name. The CD’s 11 tracks are divided into two multi-part compositions that conflate background and foreground functions through spatially and graphically notated scores interpreted by four experienced improvisers. The others are guitarist John Shiurba, oboist/English hornist Kyle Bruckmann plus soprano saxophonist Andrew Raffo Dewar. An Argentinean-born polymath, Dewar played and studied with Anthony Braxton and Bill Dixon and now is a professor at the University of Alabama. The first five pieces are dedicated to Argentinean-American reedist/architect Guillermo Gregorio (b. 1941). The five “Pieces for Four Instruments” are dedicated to American composer Earle Brown (1926-2002), who also established his own notational systems. MORE