Brian Dewan

Brian Dewan


Americana originals, parlor music and long-lost folk ephemera, exquisitely performed on period instruments by the man who wrote the music for Blue Man Group and invented the electric zither.


Brian Dewan has two previous albums of original songs, Brian Dewan Tells The Story (Bar/None) and The Operating Theater (Instinct). His latest project is The Humanitarium (Eschatone Records), an ongoing series of recordings of musical artifacts drawn from folk material, parlor music, ditties, chants, jingles, historic popular song, and music for liturgical and institutional use.

Brian has played zither with the Raymond Scott Orchestrette, Drink Me, and three different symphony orchestras, as well as writing scores for theater and films of Ladislaw Starewicz, Three Legged Dog, Sesame Street, MTV and Blue Man Group. He is one half of the electronic music duo Dewanatron, with cousin Leon Dewan.

Dewan's I-CAN-SEE filmstrips have been screened at The Whitney Music of American art, The New Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, the Cinema Arts Centre and the Sundance Channel, and he is represented as a visual artist by Pierogi gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

He also provided album cover art for Neutral Milk Hotel, Beat Circus, 7 Hz, The Music Tapes, David Byrne and They Might Be Giants.


Two EPs for They Might Be Giants' Hello Recording Club (1992)

Brian Dewan Tells The Story (Bar/None, 1993)

The Operating Theater (Instinct, 2000)

Words Of Wisdom - The Humanitarium, Vol. 1 (Eschatone, coming November 2007)

Set List

A typical set can run as long or short as needed; they are either mostly folk standards or mostly originals.