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Robin Holcomb

Pianist, composer, singer and songwriter Robin Holcomb has performed extensively in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia as a solo artist and the leader of various ensembles. Living in the Lower East Side of New York in the 1980s, she was a founder of Studio Henry, a venue for maverick composers, and the New York Composers Orchestra. Living in Seattle since 1989, she continues to compose and record songs and music for solo piano, chamber ensembles, dance, theatre and film.

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Ms. Holcomb has done something remarkable here: she has created a new American regionalism, spun from many threads --country rock, minimalism, Civil War songs, Baptist hymns, Appalachian folk tunes, even the polytonal music of Charles Ives. The music that results is as elegantly simple as a Shaker quilt, and no less beautiful. --Mark Dery, The New York Times

...bringing together the disparate terrain of our American musical landscape, from folk tunes to free jazz, with a thin yet haunting voice that evokes the real spirit of country music - the oral tradition. --Kiki Mason, Vanity Fair

Excellent and baffling, just as it should be. --Andrew Martin, Q Magazine

...refreshing, gentle, intense, honest, original and just heart-stoppingly beautiful. --Hearsay (UK)

Hers is an unsettling, utterly original vision. --Entertainment Weekly

(capable of) summing up the monumental in the simplest of terms, willing to challenge our minds, our ears, and our hearts. --CMJ

Her thoughtful melange, which also takes a shot at balancing city sophistication with rural virtue, conveys a mysterious intimacy. --Jim Macnie, Musician

Holcomb snatches up the pop song in her long, loving arms and spirits it off on a breathless joyride through places and emotional states that it rarely has reached before. --Seattle Weekly

Holcomb's poetry is expansive, her voice tart and sensuous, her piano playing spare, her vision of America as deep as anything you'll encounter in popular music. Jory Farr, The Press-Enterprise

Achingly painful and suddenly tender, Robin Holcomb's songs mirror a beguiling, bewildering world. --Wif Stegner, Rolling Stone

...one of the most distinctive voices in pop music. --Michael Ross, Stereophile

A wordsmith riveted by life's momentary and private revelations, she is a wise and worldly mystic in the vein of Emily Dickinson, and her jazz-inflected singing is as knowing and supple as her lyrics. --Paul Evans, Rolling Stone

Satie goes to Appalachia, Morricone goes to the Knitting Factory, and you, dear art-folk fan, die and go to heaven. --Village Voice

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