Andrew Warshaw


Associate Professor of Music and Dance
Music Director, Dance Department
Coordinator, Music Minor







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 Sara Shelton Mann, 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 several years, Warshaw has been publishing and presenting on how locomotor movement, as reflected in the gestures of musicians playing their instruments, is a significant aspect 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, the Philoctetes Center in NYC, the Music of the Spheres Society in NYC, the Composing in the XXIst Century conference of the Université de Montréal, the Festival of the Moving Body at SUNY Stony Brook, and as a featured presenter at the 2012 National Dance Education Organization conference.  Peer-reviewed articles include Music and Medicine, proceedings of the 2013 Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research conference, and Music and Dance. For this work he was a finalist for the 2009 Thatcher Hoffman Smith Prize. 

Warshaw has an ongoing involvement with African-related musics, including work in West 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.


B.A., Wesleyan University
M.F.A., New York University


These papers and presentations on the role of locomotor movement in musical organization and cognition can be accessed below:

Locomotion-Encoded Musical Patterns in Self-Organizing Structures and Transitions 

Proceedings of the Computer Music Multidisciplinary Conference, Marseille, France, October 2013 (publication pending: Springer-Verlag)  PDF


Locomotion-Encoded Musical Movements (LEMMS):

A Proposed Use for Four Categories of Vertebrate Locomotion in Music Medicine Application and Research

Music and Medicine, January 2010; vol. 2, 1: pp. 48-58. doi: 10.1177/1943862109357191  PDF  Sage Journals


Locomotion-Encoded Music Patterning: An Evolutionary Legacy

Music and Evolutionary Thought Conference, University of Durham/Cambridge University, June 2007  PDF


Locomotion-Encoded Musical Patterns: A Terminology for the Composer

Conference Paper: Composing in the XXIst Century Conference, Universite de Montreal, March, 2007 PDF


Musical Creatures: How Vertebrate Locomotion Shapes Human Music

Philoctetes Society, NYC, October, 2008 


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