Robin Holcomb is a rare talent, with a foot in the pop world and roots in the downtown avant-garde that reach back to the first generation of Studio Henry mavericks. A composer, pianist, singer and songwriter, she has performed internationally as a solo artist and the leader of various ensembles. Recent recordings include John Brown’s Body (Tzadik), Solos (Songlines) and The Big Time (Nonesuch). Other recording projects include appearances on Bill Frisell’s landmark Nashville recording and contributions to Burt Bacharach, Serge Gainsbourg and Mississippi Sheiks tribute compilations as well as numerous projects produced by the late Hal Wilner.
Her orchestral composition, “No Thing Lives to Itself”, was premiered by the Portland Maine Symphony in January of 2020. She is currently completing a commission for the Philadelphia Orchestra.
She has composed extensively for dance, theater and film. Her work has been called “staggeringly beautiful” (New York Times), “stunning” (Option), and “entrancing” (Billboard).