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EDUCATION
1985 B.A. Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

EXHIBITIONS
2016
Rage For Art(Once Again), Pierogi, New York, NY
2014
Pop and Paregoric, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
PIEROGI XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY Group Show
Art or Sound, Fondazione Prada, Venezia, Italy. (June – November) Group Show
2011
The Tide Waits for No Man, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
2008
Armory International Art Fair, New York, NY
2007
Another Year in LA, Los Angeles, CA
Cinema Arts Center, Huntington, NY
Armory International Art Fair, New York, NY
2006
Dewanatron: Irregular Hours (with Leon Dewan), PIEROGI Leipzig, Germany (May–June)
Dewanatron: Irregular Hours (with Leon Dewan), PIEROGI Brooklyn, NY (January)
Armory International Art Fair, New York, NY
Group Show Our Town, Hudson Untitled Foundation, Hudson, NY
2005
Armory International Art Fair, NY
Dual Primate Console and Cartridge Organ, electronic instruments in collaboration with Leon Dewan
PS 1, Long Island City NY
Patient Island, collaboration with Nina Katchadourian and Doug Skinner
2004
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY
Open, show of Brooklyn artists. Filmstrips presented in the Iris and Gerald B. Cantor auditorium
Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England
Filmstrips, including Obey Signals
2003
Armory International Art Fair, New York NY
I-CAN-SEE, classroom installation with filmstrips projections and chalkboards, Pierogi, Brooklyn NY
I-CAN-SEE, classroom installation with filmstrip projections and chalkboards, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY
Filmstrip, The Course Of Your Research
2001
The New Museum, New York NY Altoids’ Curiously Strong Collection
Filmstrip, Before the White Man Came
Dixon Place, New York NY
Filmstrip, King of Instruments Collaboration with Ted Dewan
Four Walls, Brooklyn, NY
The Death of the Hen, Filmstrip
2000
Jack Tilton Gallery, NYC Varpness
Video, Feed Me with Brian Britt
Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY Pierogi Flat Files
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Block Art Space, Filmstrips, Kansas City, MO
Galapagos, Drawings and sculpture, Brooklyn NY Clock Towers
1999
Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY Zone of Risibility
Drawings, video and comic book
1998
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York NY
Filmstrips Neighbors in the Solar System, Deuteronomy, Grimm’s Tales and others
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Filmstrip Before the White Man Came
1997
Royal College of Art, London, England
You Are Here in collaboration with Mike Ballou, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn NY
Filmstrips The Ungrateful Son, The Wise Servant, Deuteronomy
1996
Jack Tilton Gallery, New York NY Other Subjects
Drawings, filmstrips and installation
1992
PS1, Long Island City, NY Seven Rooms, Seven Shows
Drawings exhibited in miniature building, The Replica
1984
Allen Art Museum, Oberlin OH
Video, Seeing Eye Dogs

PERFORMANCES
2012

Casa del Popolo, Montreal, Quebec, Canada with the Caroline Glass Band and James Correa
2011
The Recovery Lounge, Upper Jay, NY
Dewanatron, operated the Dual Primate Console, a Swarmatron, and two Melody Gins for an evening of primate controlled electronic music
2010
Rawspace One, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Dewanatron and Caroline Glass presented an evening of interlocking acoustic and electronic ritual counterpoint, Town Hall, Manhattan
Dewanatron performed opening for The Magnetic Fields
2009
Segal Theater at CUNY Grad Center, New York
Dewanatron performed accompanying Russel Scholl’s silent film program.
Issue Project Room, Dewanatron and Pamelia Kurstin.
Pomona Sunday Jump Festival ended 2009 west coast mini-tour with a live electronic performance in conjunction with Tommy Jordan and Nelson Marquez.
Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater
Brian and Leon Dewan, along with the Dual Primate Console, accompanied a program of silent short horror movies.
Spaceland
Dewanatron operated the brand-new Dual Primate Console Mark II in conjunction with the West Coast Dewanatron Ensemble and a constantly shifting and building constellation of human beings operating acoustic, electro-acoustic, electric and electronic musical instruments.
Artocratic launch party, Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA multi-instrumental live compositions with honored guest musicians
Serata Futurista festival, Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, accompanied Futurist film and performed future music in conspiracy with Tommy Jordan and Nelson Marquez.
Casperland, Troy Night Out
Dewanatron presented an evening of live electronic music equipment.
Ghetto Glass Gallery
Dewanatron operated a pair of freshly constructed melody gins to create an evening of ritual counterpoint along with an ensemble of honored guest musicians.
The Boiler
Dewanatron accompanied rare silent films from the Mark Newgarden collection with an ensemble of honored guest musicians.
WFMU’s 7-second Delay
Dewanatron was musical guest.
Barbes, Brooklyn, NY
Dewanatron performed accompanying Russell Scholl’s silent film program.
Greene County Community College, Hudson, NY.
Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY.
2008
Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Barbes, Brooklyn, NY
Stasiu’s, Minneapolis, MN
Bedlam Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Riverside Park, Saranac Lake, NY
Saranac Lake Summer Concert Series.
Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, Long Island
Dewanatron provided a live soundtrack to a screening of the 1927
Fritz Lang film “Metropolis”.
Floating Points 2008 festival, Issue Project Room
Dewanatron dispatched contrapuntal analog electronic elements
through the festival’s 16-channel spatially distributed sound system.
Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
Dewanatron in live collaboration with Flaming Fire.
The Armory Show (Pierogi Gallery)
2007
Another Year in LA
The Singing Cipher and 3 wall gins were on exhibit as part of an
installation “The Habit of Innovation” along with Brian Dewan
filmstrip installation.
Steve Allen Theater
Dewanatron performed, included Brian Dewan filmstrip showings and
vocal performances with autoharp and Dewanatron accompaniment.
PS1 Warmup Music Series
Dewanatron performed, show featured Hymnotron and the
Dual Primate Console.
Union Hall
Dewanatron performed accompanying films by Shannon Brunette.
3rd Ward Art Space
The Coin Op Melody Gin appeared as part of the “Come One, Come All” show.
2007 SXSW Festival, Austin, TX, The Hideout, 617 Congress St.
Dewanatron performed in live collaboration with Flaming Fire.
The Armory Show (Pierogi Gallery)
The Singing Cipher on exhibit.
2006
Spiegeltent
Dewanatron Live presented by Darmstadt and Ignivomous.
Opolis closing party, rooftop of Flux Factory: The Dual Primate Console and friends
Pierogi Leipzig Gallery (inaugural exhibition), Spinnereistrasse 7, Halle 10/
Leipzig (Plagwitz) Germany
Gallery Exhibition: Irregular Hours.
The Armory Show (Pierogi Gallery)
3 wall gins and the Rotary Ordinator in continuous concert.
Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Gallery Exhibition: Irregular Hours.
2005
Coniston Water Festival, Lake District, England
Outdoor concert for musical stones, with Jaime Bond
The Habit of Innovation, filmstrip.
Society of Authors conference, Oxford, England
2004
North Sea Jazz Festival, The Haag, Netherlands
Zither, accordion, vocal with Raymond Scott Orchestrette
Cinema Arts Center, Huntington NY
I-CAN-SEE filmstrips
Merkin Hall, New York NY
Zither, accordion, taisho-koto and arrangements with Raymond Scott Orchestrette
Modern Art Oxford, Oxford England
Solo performance for voice, zither and autoharp
Robert Beck Memorial Theater, New York NY
Filmstrips and live zither accompaniment for silent Castle Films
Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn NY
Dewanatrons, performance with hand-crafted electronic synthesizers, collaboration with Leon Dewan
2003
Galapogos, Brooklyn NY
Live accompaniment to films by Harry Smith with zither and cartridge organ
Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn NY
Educational and Institutional Music performance with autoharp and
accordion
Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal Canada
Outdoor concert with Raymond Scott Orchestrette
2002
The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, New York NY
Live zither accompaniment for Max Fleisher film Koko’s Jumping Beans (ca. 1928)
2000
The Museum of Natural History, Rose Center, New York NY
New Year’s Eve performance on organ and percussion with Pamelia Kurstin, Theremin
Farbfabriken, Stockholm
Solo musical performance, filmstrips A Little Girl and Boy, The Fires of Youth and others
1999
Beursschouwberg, Brussels Belgium
Zither, accordion, taishokoto, arrangements with Raymond Scott Orchestrette
The Jewish Museum, NYC
Zither, accordion, taishokoto, arrangements with Raymond Scott Orchestrette
1998
Edison Laboratory, West Orange, NJ
Wax cylinder recording sessions
American Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NY
Composer and live piano and theremin accompaniment for Esther Shub’s The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty” (1927) Collaboration with Will Holshouser, composer and accordion
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Composer and live zither accompaniment for Ladislaw Starewicz films The Lily of Belgium (1915),
The Dragonfly and the Ant (1911), Voice of the Nightingale (1923), The Magic Clock (1926)
Creative Time at Brooklyn Anchorage with Four Walls Slide & Film Club, Brooklyn NY
Organist with Scher Brothers on clainet and guitar combo accompanying slide shows and film
Screening of filmstrip Before the White Man Came
1996
The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, NYC
“Playing Poker with the Devil: The Strange Animation of Ladislaw Starewicz”
Composer and live zither accompaniment for The Scarecrow (1921), Frogland (1922),
The Cameraman’s Revenge (1911), Town Rat Country Rat (1926), The Mascot (1933)
1992
Composer and zitherist
1991
Blue Man Group Tubes
David Byrne’s The Forest
Zither soloist and accordionist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, San Diego Symphony, Seattle
Symphony
1988
Creative Time Art On The Beach, Long Isand City NY
Solo zither and vocal outdoor performance

TELEVISION, RADIO, FILM & NEW MEDIA
2004
Sundance Channel
I-CAN-SEE filmstrips: A Sundance Lodge, Independent Film, Don’t Disturb The Movie Stars, The Creative Urge
Music for films Beach Lovers and Airport by Mike Ballou.
Music for Roadside Ramble by Ken Brown
2003
WNYC New York, Spinning On Air with David Garland
Collaboration with Leon Dewan featuring Dewanatrons and the Dual Primate Console
The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll, recitation and music by Brian Dewan for Radio Radio.
2002
Cabinet Magazine Deuteronomy filmstrip adapted for CD ROM published with magazine
2001
Children’s Television Workshop Sesame Street
Music and narration for various short segments
WNYC David Garland, Spinning On Air
Featured guest
2000
Laffpix Second Chance at Life, The Corporate Presence.com
Score and narration
Mark Newgarden’s Cartoons and You, public service announcement, laffpix.com
Sound design and narration
1999
Mark Newgarden’s B. Happy, Cartoon Network.com
Sound design, score and narration
Gary Panter’s Coot Country, Cartoon Network.com
Musical score
Gary Panter’s Pink Donkey, Cartoon Network.com
Score for interactive game
1998
The Oklahoma Outlaw
Score for documentary film
The Museum of Television and Radio
Live performance with autoharp and accordion on Laura Cantrell’s Radio Thrift Shop
WFMU Greasy Kids’ Stuff
Live performanceof historicpopular and children’s music
1996
WNYC John Schaeffer’s “New Sounds”
Live performance from Merkin Hall
MTV
Commissioned song and performance for video 24 More Hours
1995
MTV Europe
Filmstrip A Little Girl and Boy
1994
WNYC New York Spinning on Air with David Garland
Featured guest

RECORDINGS
2003
The Hunting of the Snark Immemorial Music
2001
The Operating Theater Instinct Records
1997
Free Lunch Jottoworld
1994
The Latest Theory Hello Recordings
Brian Dewan Tells the Story Bar/None Records
1993
Brian Dewan Hello Recordings

THEATER & DANCE MUSIC
2004
Epicurian Singing Games Kriota Willburg, choreographer
2003
Civil War Square Dance Kriota Willburg, choreographer
2002
Kampuchea /Loisaida Kevin Cunningham, playwright.
Compositions for multi-media theater
2000
The Impressionable Air Gail Gilbert, choreographer. Joyce Soho Theater, NYC
Composition and live accompaniment, collaboration with Kevin Walsh and Wilfred Zogbaum
Yield Burning Jill Szuchmacher, playwright. Ontological/Hysteric Theater, NYC
Composition and live accompaniment, collaboration with Kevin Walsh and Wilfred Zogbaum
1999
Automatic Earth Kevin Cunningham, playwright. Signature Theater, NYC
Composition for multi-media theater
1995
House Of Bugs Keving Cunningham, playwright. Ontological Hysteric Theater, New York NY

COMPILATIONS & GUEST APPEARANCES
The 6ths Hyacinths and Thistles (2000), Merge Records
Tarquin Records All Star Holiday Extravaganza (1997), Tarquin Records
Drink Me Sleep (1995), Bar/None
Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego? (1992), Fight Records
They Might Be Giants Apollo 18 (1992), Elektra Entertainme
Drink Me Drink Me (1992), Bar/None
Foul Balls Where’s Stanton Park?: Compilation of Boston Bands (1990), Stanton Park Records
Sampler #2: Time for a Change (1989), Bar/None Records

RECORD ALBUM ART
The Music Tapes First Imaginary Symphony for Nomad (1999), Merge Records
Daniel Schorr Monsters are Absolutely Not To Be Trusted (1999)
Neutral Milk Hotel Aeroplane Over The Sea (1997), Merge Records
David Byrne Uh-oh (1992), Luaka Bop Records
They Might Be Giants Lincoln (1988), Bar None Records

MUSIC VENUES
Town Hall, NYC
Walter Reade Theater, NYC
Alice Tully Hall, NYC
The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
Merkin Hall, NYC
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
Shephard’s Bush Empire, London
The Jay Leno Show (with Blue Man Group), Burbank, CA
Irving Plaza, NYC
Avalon, Boston, MA
Sanders Theater, Cambridge, MA
The Bottom Line, NYC
Tonic, NYC
The Knitting Factory, NYC
PS 122, NYC
Village Gate, NYC
Dixon Place, NYC
CBGB, NYC
Mercury Lounge, NYC
Quiet Life, Brooklyn, NY

ARTICLES & REVIEWS
2012

Robair, Gino.”Dewanatron Swarmatron”,  Keyboard Magazine
2011
Paumgarten, Nick. “Swarm”, The New Yorker
“The Social Network’ Soundtrack Gets Oscar Nod… Could It Be The ‘Swarmatron?”, Here & Now (NPR)
2009
Kulpers, Dean. “Shine on, Dewanatron”, Los Angeles Times 
Ceriello, Linda.  “The Electron-Flinging Sound Gymnasiums of Dewanatron: An Interview with Leon and Brian Dewan”, Artocratic 
2006
Stillman, Nick.  “Brian Dewan and Leon Dewan”, ARTFORUM
Johnson, Ken. “Art in Review; Brian Dewan and Leon Dewan” The New York Times
1998
Bowe, Marisa. “Ah, the Hiss of Yesteryear: Audio Buffs Look Back” The New York Times
1994
Small, Michael. “Picks & Pans: Brian Dewan Tells the Story” People Magazine
Herb, Peter.  “Reviews” Wired
Schinder, Scott.  “Rock/Pop Reviews”, Pulse