Music Faculty Listing
Associate Professor of Music and Dance, Music Director
B.A., Wesleyan University
M.F.A., New York University
ANDREW WARSHAW is Associate Professor of Music and Dance at Marymount Manhattan College. He is a composer, writer and former dancer whose music and lyrics for theater and dance have premiered at the Zellerbach Theater, Lincoln Center, Dance Theater Workshop in New York, and many other venues. His collaborators have included director/writer George C. Wolfe, playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, CONTRABAND, choreographers Stephan Koplowitz, Randy Warshaw, and Yoshiko Chuma, and film maker Richard Schlesinger. Warshaw's current project, The Sparks, The Ringing, an opera about an African-American musicologist with a Hasidic son, has been given support by many foundations and the New York State Council on the Arts, with major sections performed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Over the past year Warshaw has been writing about, speaking about, and performing what he calls Locomotion-Encoded Musical Patterns (LEMPS), a conceptualization of musicians' physical movements as fundamental elements of musical organization. Presentations include the Music and Evolutionary Thought Conference of the Centre for Music and Science of Cambridge University and The Institute for Advanced Study at Durham University, as well as the Philoctetes Center and the Music of the Spheres Society in New York. For this work he is a finalist for the 2009 Thatcher Hoffman Smith Prize.
Warshaw has an ongoing involvement with African-related musics, including work in W. Africa as a producer of the NPR series Afropop, a long essay on W. African music and politics called Guinea Dreams, published in The Gettysburg Review, and an ongoing collaboration with Gambian kora player Salieu Suso for The Sparks, The Ringing. He has taught at New York University, Lincoln Center Institute, Carnegie Hall, and Touro College, and has worked as a consultant in arts education for the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Warshaw holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. from New York University.
Musical Creatures: How Vertebrate Locomotion Shapes Human Music. The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of the Imagination. New York, NY. October 28, 2008.
Warshaw, Andrew and William Moulton. Making Music with Developmental Movement Patterns. 15th Annual Conference of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance. Florida State University. March 7, 2009.