Robin Holcomb Residency

Robin Holcomb Residency

December 15 - 17, 2022

At 8EAST, 8 East Pender St.



Photo Peter Gannushkin

The Robin Holcomb Residency at 8EAST is a co-presentation of

NOW Society and Coastal Jazz and Blues Society


December 15 8pm        

Holcomb compositions performed by the NOW Ensemble 

with Shruti Ramani, voice • JP Carter, trumpet • Parmela Attariwala, viola • Lisa Cay Miller, piano • James Meger, bass. Entry By Donation: Free/$10/$20/$xx


December 16 7:30, 9pm   

Robin Holcomb SOLO Performance, two shows! 

A celebration of the release of Robin Holcomb’s stunning recent release One Way or Another, Vol. I. Reserve your tickets with Coastal Jazz here. Suggested donation $25, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


December 17 1 - 2:30pm    

NOW improvisation workshop with Robin Holcomb

Part of the NOW Fall 2022 workshop series. More information here. (the series includes workshops with Peggy Lee, Aquiles Navarro, Matthew Ariaratnam and Joane Hétu). Free with NOW membership ($5/yr), click here.



Photo Ernie Sapiro

Regarding Robin Holcomb’s recent release One Way or Another, Vol. I

“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

“Satie goes to Appalachia, Morricone goes to the Knitting factory, and you, dear art-folk fan, die and go to heaven.”
— The Village Voice


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 New York City’s Downtown scene and Studio Henry mavericks. A composer, pianist, singer, and songwriter, she has performed internationally as a solo artist and the leader of various ensembles. Here most recent recording is One Way or Another (Westerlies Music: 2022).

Her orchestral composition, “No Thing Lives to Itself”, was premiered by the Portland Maine Symphony in January of 2020. Her orchestral composition, “Paradise” was premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra in the fall of 2021

She has composed extensively for dance, theater, and film. Her work has been called “staggeringly beautiful” (New York Times), “stunning” (Option), “entrancing” (Billboard), and “Achingly painful and suddenly tender” (Rolling Stone). Her work has been presented around the world, including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Carnegie Hall, Roulette, The Hong Kong International Arts Center, Earshot Jazz, the Walker Arts Center, and DTW. Collaborators have included drummer Denis Charles (Cecil Taylor), Alva Rogers, Jearlyn Steele, Arto Lindsay, Bebe Miller, Syd Straw, Marty Ehrlich, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Lee Ranaldo, and Butch Morris, among others.

Recordings include The Point of It All and Solos (Songlines), and John Brown’s Body (Tzadik). The Big Time, Little Three, Rockabye and Robin Holcomb are four seminal recordings of Ms. Holcomb’s songs and instrumental compositions on the Nonesuch label. Other recordings include Larks, They Crazy (Sound Aspects), Things About Comin’ My Way: A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks (Red Hen), Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys and Son of Rogue’s Gallery (Anti), The Anthology of American Folk Music: Revisited (Shout Factory), Burt Bacharach and Serge Gainsbourg tribute compilations (Tzadik), and Bill Frisell’s Nashville (Nonesuch).


Please do not come to these events if:

• You have experienced any signs of being unwell in the last 5 days;
• You have been in contact with anyone suspected of having or who has COVID-19 in the last 5 days.

8EAST ventilation: open windows and door, three air purifiers, updated HVAC system with UV lights. Mask wearing is recommend inside 8EAST and in the Chinese Cultural Centre washrooms.
Masks and Hand Sanitizer will be available.



The 8EAST social space for new culture is a project of the NOW Society, located on the Territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and səlil̓wətaʔɬ Peoples, in Chinatown in Vancouver.

We recognize that access is an ongoing and evolving discussion, and acknowledge that this statement may be insufficient. Please do not hesitate to contact us with suggestions.

We are committed to making 8EAST a safer, welcoming and more accessible space. We present events at 8EAST with conditions to keep our communities as safe as possible. We do not tolerate discrimination based on age, gender, neuro a-typicality, disability, place of origin, cultural background, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. We do not tolerate racism. We do not tolerate sexual aggression, assault, or harassment which can include unwanted touch or comments that objectify or sexualize.

Concerns can be addressed, discussed or expressed anonymously by emailing

Restrooms will be available to the public. A wheel chair accessible washroom is available. Wheelchair seating is easily accommodated. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist.
The 34 inch wide main entrance to 8EAST has a threshold of approximately 0.5 inches high. There is no door automation. There are no ramps or stairs to navigate. Internal floors are smooth concrete. Outdoor plaza events are held in a 30ft square area on concrete pavers, some are uneven. Provided seating, wooden stackable chairs without armrests, is easily movable to create equitable seating location accommodations.

8EAST has a wheelchair accessible, non-gendered toilet on site with a door width of 35 inches. Additional toilets are located in the adjacent hallway. They are not wheelchair accessible. If you are attending an event with food and have specific allergies, please contact Service animals are welcome.


8EAST is located within 50 meters of buses 004, 007, 019, 022, 209, and N19 on Pender Street. Stops for buses 003, 008, 014, 016, 020, N8, N20, and N35 are located within 250 metres on Hastings Street. Stadium–Chinatown SkyTrain Station is approximately 400 metres away.

General metered street parking is available on surrounding streets. A passenger drop-off zone without a curb is located within 50 metres at 531 Carrall Street.


There is a bike rack on the SW corner of Pender and Carrall Street across the street from 8EAST. It is possible to view the bike rack while inside 8EAST and also while on the 8EAST Plaza. Covered bike parking is available at the Main Street - Science World Skytrain Station. From the Main Street - Science World Station, one can take the #3 bus from Main Street - Science World Skytrain, then walk West down Pender to 8EAST (c. 5 mins) or one can ride one skytrain stop to Stadium - Chinatown and walk Northwest to 8EAST (c. 5 mins). Walking to 8EAST from the Science World Skytrain Station would take approximately 15 minutes. The closest Bike Locker to 8EAST is located at VCC Clark. From the VCC Clark Station on can take trains to Stadium - Chinatown Skytrain Station and walk NorthWest to 8EAST.


Pender and Carral Streets