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Biography

Holcombe Waller is one of America's most unique voices in music theater. He is a 2011 United States Artists Berresford Fellow in Music, an award which noted his mournful, folk-inflected style as well as his approach to music "as total theater." He is a Creative Capital artist, a three-time recipient of the MAP Fund grant, and a Joan Shipley Fellow of the Regional Arts and Culture Council of his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Waller has been presented and commissioned by Under the Radar Festival at the New York Public Theater, On the Boards, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Centre Pompidou, Fusebox Festival, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and many others. Waller's collaboration with choreography includes work with Joe Goode Performance Group (SF), Zoe|Juniper (Seattle), and Miguel Gutierrez, and his film score work includes music for the Sundance-premiered documentary, We Were Here. He has also appeared as an actor in multiple films by artist Ryan Trecartin. He is currently touring two interdisciplinary music theater works, Wayfinders and Surfacing, and he is creating a community-choir-based LGBT Requiem Mass to premiere in the fall of 2015. He has begun work on a nascent solo project, Détournement, which will be a third installment in the SURFACING / WAYFINDERS series slated for a 2016 premiere that incorporates all three works into a three-act evening. In addition to his interdisciplinary work, he has self-released five albums on his own label, Napoleon Records.

 

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