September 2013

Oakland, CA – Robbie is an Oakland-based composer, sound artist, and music ethnographer. As part of his master’s degree in ethnomusicology at U.C. Berkeley, he studied nomadic music/sound-making practices in Siberia and Inner Asia, with a particular focus on timbre, circulation, pedagogy, and the voice. Robbie actively composes music, performs live sound for theater/dance, lectures, and gives workshops in Tuvan throat-singing and extended vocal techniques. Recent works of his have been performed at the Bang on a Can summer festival (North Adams, MA), Z Space with performance maker Jesse Hewit/Strong Behavior (San Francisco, CA), and Dock 11 with choreographer Sara Shelton Mann (Berlin, Germany). His recent bi-coastal ensemble project is called Import/Export in collaboration with Brian Ellingsen (double bass) and Ed Garcia (Sundanese percussion) from New York and San Francisco.

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