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Dr. Andrew Clay McGraw
Associate Professor of Music

Andy McGraw received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University in 2005.  Dr. McGraw has published several articles and a monograph (on Oxford) concerning traditional and experimental music in Southeast Asia and has written articles on jazz, music in American jails and Cuban music. He is an active performer and directs a Balinese gamelan orchestra for the Richmond community.


Sounding Neoliberalism in the Richmond City Jail. SEM. Pittsburgh. November 2014.

Byar Sebagai Tanda Identitas Daerah. Symposium on Gong Kebyar, ISI Bali. November, 2014.

Sounding Utopia in the Richmond City Jail. SUS Montreal, October 2014.

Three-Dimensional Representation and Printing of Music. Convergence, UCSD. May 2014.

The Representing Robot: Posthumanism and Exotification in the Gamelatron. SEM Indianapolis. November 2013.

Three Dimensional Comparison of Temporality in Javanese and Balinese Traditional Music. Performing Indonesia Conference, Smithsonian Institute. November 2013.

Three Dimensional Representations of Musical Time. ICTM. Shanghai, July 2013.

Heritage Abroad: the Robotic Gamelan. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. San Francisco. November 2012.

Microcoordination in Balinese Gamelan, A Preliminary Analysis. Society for Music Theory Annual Conference. New Orleans. November 2012.

New Sonic Objects. Invited lecture for music theory colloquium, University of Florida, Tallahassee. October 25th, 2012.

How the Gamelan Lost its Body: Posthumanism, Reflexivity and the Robotic   Gamelan. KITLV-IIAS Conference. UNUD, Bali, Indonesia. July 2012.

‘We are always your object’ the Ethic of Interculturalism in Odalan Bali. Association for Asian Scholars Annual Conference. Hawaii.

Quasi-collaboration and the Poetics of Pedophilia in A House in Bali. Global Aesthetics Conference. Cornell Society for the Humanities. October 2010.

Ideologies of Intonation in Bali, Indonesia. AAWM. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. February 2010.

Radical Traditions: Reimagining Culture in Balinese New Music. New York: Oxford University Press.


“Preliminary Remarks on the Helical Representation of Musical Time.” Analytical Approaches to World Music 3(1).

“The Ambivalent Freedoms of Indonesian Jazz.” Jazz Perspectives 6(3). (18,000 word).


Several entries (15-600 words each) on Indonesian musical instruments for the new edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (Oxford University Press).

“The Ethical Aesthetics of I Wayan Sadra.” In Performing Arts in Postmodern Bali: Changing Interpretations, Founding Traditions. Edited by Kendra Stepputat. Aachen, Germany: Shaker Verlag.

“The Geopolitics of Intercultural Experimentalism.” In What is Experimental Music. Edited by Benjamin Piekut. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

“The Balinese Avant-Garde: Transnational Networks, Mobile Identities.” In Southeast Asian Performance, Transnational Perspectives. Edited by Matthew Isaac-Cohen and Laura Noszlopy. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Invited blogpost for Oxford University Press.

Audio Recordings

Gamelan Cage. Full length CD of original arrangements of early John Cage prepared piano works for hybrid and found gamelan. Produced in collaboration with Madé Subandi and the Ceraken ensemble. Sargasso (UK), with extensive liner notes (5,250 word).  

Sudamala. Double CD of traditional and experimental Balinese music performed by Gamelan Dharma Swara. Turis Records. Featuring my 13 minute original gamelan orchestra work Sikut Sanga.

Ph.D., Wesleyan University
Contact Information
103 Webb Tower
(804) 287-1807
Areas of Expertise
Southeast Asian traditional and experimental musics
Intercultural performance
Rhythm analysis