ROBIN HOLCOMB AT THE STONE
APRIL 15 - 18, 2010
Avenue C and 2nd Street, NYC
ROBIN HOLCOMB performs a variety of projects at The Stone ranging from a reunion of The 25 O'Clock Band, a first collaboration with noted experimental novelist Lynne Tillman, a set of songs with the remarkable songwriter Tony Scherr and Doug Wieselman and a performance of songs and instrumental compositions with Larks, They Crazy, Robin's band of many years. Her work has been called staggeringly beautiful" (New York Times), stunning" (Option), and entrancing" (Billboard).
25 O'Clock Band - The 25-year reunion
Dave Sewelson (saxes) David Hofstra (bass, tuba) Steve Moses (drums) Robin Holcomb (piano)
Lynne Tillman and Robin Holcomb--Together and Alone
Lynne Tillman (texts) Robin Holcomb (piano, voice)
Tony Scherr and Robin Holcomb Songs
Tony Scherr (guitar, voice) Robin Holcomb (piano, voice) Doug Wieselman (guitar, clarinet, sax)
Larks, They Crazy
Robin Holcomb (piano) Marty Ehrlich, Doug Wieselman (reeds) Dave Hofstra (bass, tuba), Kenny Wollesen (drums)
Pianist, composer, singer and songwriter ROBIN HOLCOMB has performed internationally as a solo artist and the leader of various ensembles. Living in the Lower East Side in the 1980s she was a founder of Studio Henry, a venue for maverick composers, and the New York Composers Orchestra. Based in Seattle since 1989, she continues to compose and record songs and music for solo piano, chamber ensembles, dance, theatre and film. She has performed her music in major festivals and venues including Carnegie Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Walker Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Arena di Verona, the PuSH Festival, Mass MoCA, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival and Earshot Jazz Festival. Recent recordings include John Brown's Body (Tzadik), Solos (Songlines) and The Big Time (Nonesuch). Ms. Holcomb is a featured performer on The Anthology of Folk Music Revisited, Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys, Things About Comin' My Way: A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks, Joe Hill: 16 Actions for Orchestra, Voices and Soloist by Wayne Horvitz, and Bill Frisell's Nashville (Nonesuch). Recent projects include the collaborative creation of the oratorio The Heartsong of Charging Elk with Wayne Horvitz and Rinde Eckert based on the novel by James Welch, the composition of a set of reflections" of the songs of Stephen Foster and the creation of a score for Yasujiro Ozu's silent film That Night's Wife.
Achingly painful and suddenly tender, Robin Holcomb's songs mirror a beguiling, bewildering world."
Dynamic novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic, LYNNE TILLMAN is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories, one collection of essays and two other nonfiction books. She has collaborated often with artists and writes regularly on art and culture.
Her novels include American Genius, A Comedy (2006), No Lease on Life (1998) a New York Times Notable Book of 1998 and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Cast in Doubt (1992), Motion Sickness (1991), and Haunted Houses (1987). Absence Makes the Heart (1990) is her first collection of short stories; The Broad Picture (1997) is a collection of Tillman's essays originally published in literary and art magazines and journals. In 1995, Tillman's The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory 1965-1967 was published with photographs by Stephen Shore. Tillman is also the author of the nonfiction book The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co. (1999), a cultural and social history of a literary landmark, where writers and artists congregated for nearly 20 years. Tillman is the Fiction Editor at Fence Magazine.
She ignites conflict and crisis not with the usual powder of incident and dialogue, but with the twists and sharp U-turns of internal thought. (Slate)
Since coming to New York in the 80s, TONY SCHERR has become one of the city's most prolific and in-demand sidemen, playing integral roles in the music of such notable artists as Bill Frisell, John Lurie (Lounge Lizards), Steve Bernstein (Sex Mob), Jesse Harris and Norah Jones, as well as some of New York's better-kept secrets, such as the Ferdinandos, The Wollesens, Ursa Minor, and Slowpoke. Tony has recorded most of these latter artists at his Brooklyn home studio, helping to foster and document a tight-knit, intimate scene of players who are as skilled and daring as they are broadminded and modest. His own recordings Twist in the Wind and Come Around (SLR) feature his excellent songwriting and vocals.