Holcombe Waller

HOLCOMBE WALLER is a Portland-based singer, composer and performing artist who composes for concerts, film, dance as well as for his own interdisciplinary performance projects.  He is known for his arresting, elastic vocals and subtle but knife-twisting folk and pop songwriting that dances with the elements around themes of nostalgia, intimacy and the search for spiritual meaning.  He was awarded a 2011 United States Artists Berresford Fellowship in Music, an award which noted his mournful, folk-inflected style as well as his approach to music “as total theater.” He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Mapfund Grant, and he is also a Creative Capital grantee and an Oregon Arts Council Joan Shipley Fellow. Over a career spanning 13 years, Waller has self-released five albums on his own label, has toured four interdisciplinary performances, and has ventured numerous collaborations with film and dance makers. Most recently, he premiered Requiem Mass: LGBT / Working Title in the 2015 TBA Festival. Currently, he is developing a one-person performance investigating the history of coal and oil trains in the Columbia River Gorge. More info at www.holcombewaller.com