Dean Magraw has a resume too long and varied for this page to list. He studied classical guitar at the University of Minnesota and the Berklee School of Music, and has spent decades performing in jazz, bluegrass, folk and other situations. A short list of collaborators: Peter Ostroushko, Claudia Schmidt, Greg Brown, Nigel Kennedy, Nirmala Rajasheker, Bill Carrothers, Anthony Cox. A Dean Magraw performance is always an unforgettable journey.
A casual glance at Dean Magraw’s career as a guitarist, composer, arranger, and producer reveals an artist uniquely consistent in his ability to rise to the highest level of musical expression in a dazzling array of contexts.
The list of musical projects that bear Dean’s irrepresible sound is dizzying: Eight Head, Boiled in Lead, or collaborating with Japanese shamisen prodigy Nitta Masahiro, classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, South Indian vocalist and vina virtuoso Nirmala Rajasheker, epic songstress and storyteller Ruth MacKenzie, Irish supergroup Altan, radio and film celebrity Garrison Keillor, jazz bassist Anthony Cox, and countless others.