October 2

October 2

October 2nd, 2018 at Sawdust Collector


Robin Holcomb (Piano and Voice, Seattle) with Peggy Lee (Cello, Vancouver)

Bradshaw Pack (New Compositions, Vancouver) with the Microcosmos Quartet (Strings, Vancouver)

How to Get In

Where: #211- 207 West Hastings (Hastings & Cambie, above Nuba)
When: Doors 9:00 PM // Performance at 9:30 PM.
Tickets: $5/$10 or PWYC at the door. Cash Only.
But, How: Instructions for entrance will be posted on the front door the night of the show.

More information about our space is below.


Robin Holcomb (Piano and Voice, Seattle)

Pianist, composer, librettist, singer and songwriter Robin Holcomb has performed internationally as a solo artist and the leader of various ensembles at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Meltdown Festival, The United Nations, Teatro Manzoni, the Moers Music Festival, The Festival of Perth, The Hong Kong Arts Festival, Arts at St. Ann’s, the Guimarães, Verona, San Francisco, Vancouver and Earshot Jazz Festivals, Roulette, Royce Hall at UCLA and the Seattle Opera House.

Recent recordings include The Point of It All, Solos (Songlines) and John Brown’s Body (Tzadik). The Big Time, Little Three,Rockabye and Robin Holcomb are four critically acclaimed recordings of Ms. Holcomb’s songs and instrumental compositions on the Nonesuch label.

Ms. Holcomb is a founder and co-director of The New York Composers Orchestra and WACO (The Washington Composers Orchestra), ensembles for which she is also conductor, pianist and a principal composer.  Other current performing ensembles include a longstanding duo project with cellist Peggy Lee and The Robin Holcomb Ensemble. Composing instrumental and vocal music for a wide variety of chamber ensembles and soloists, she has been commissioned to create scores for dance, film and theatre.

Her most recent song cycle We Are All Failing Them, a sidewise regard of the Donner Party saga with film and magical objects, premiered at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum. An earlier song cycle with film, The Utopia Project was based on histories and artifacts from utopian communities which thrived in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800s and premiered at Mass MoCA. Angels at the Four Corners, a song cyclereflecting the composer’s experiences sharecropping tobacco in North Carolina and O, Say a Sunset, regarding of the life and work of American environmentalist and author Rachel Carson both toured the United States. In recent years, she has created extended suites celebrating the historic legacy of Seattle landmarks (Washington Hall, Hitt Fireworks Factory) for youth orchestras, bands and choir.

Peggy Lee (Cello, Vancouver)

Cellist, improviser, and composer Peggy Lee was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She studied classical cello, completing a Bachelor’s degree in performance at the University of Toronto as a student of Vladimir Orloff and Denis Brott. She furthered her studies with Martha Gerschefski in Atlanta Georgia.

Peggy’s first forays into improvisation in Vancouver happened with dancers at the EDAM (experimental dance and music) studio at the Western Front and led to her joining guitarists Ron Samworth and Tony Wilson in their respective bands; and also becoming a member of the New Orchestra Workshop, which went on to have interesting and fruitful collaborations with Butch Morris, Wadada Leo Smith, René Lussier, Barry Guy and George Lewis.

Peggy continues to collaborate frequently with Ron and Tony and with her husband, drummer Dylan van der Schyff, as well as with many other longtime musical associates including Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Veda Hille and Lisa Miller. She also leads or co-leads a number of musical projects: The Peggy Lee Band, Film in Music, Waxwing (with Tony Wilson and Jon Bentley) and Beautiful Tool (with Mary Margaret O’Hara). She has also collaborated extensively in theatre and dance with companies and artists such as Ruby Slippers, Rumble Theatre, Presentation House, David Hudgins, Peter Bingham and Delia Brett.

In 2005, Peggy received the Freddie Stone Award for integrity and innovation in music and in 2010 she was awarded a Jesse Richardson Theatre Award for outstanding composition.  

Bradshaw Pack (New Compositions, Vancouver)

Bradshaw Pack will be premiering Garlandia, new compositions for strings performed by the Microcosmos Quartet. Bradshaw earned a Masters degree in Music from the University of British Columbia, and has also studied with David Lang in New York, and Kees Boeke in Italy. Bradshaw has presented work at the Sonic Boom Annual Festival of Composers and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and is a frequent collaborator in the Vancouver Music Scene. He has also released Alogos, and Palimpsest, two widely acclaimed CDs of new compositions and curated music. His compositions have been performed widely by Lori Freedman, Francois Houle, Vancouver New Music, the Standing Wave Ensemble, Kate Hammet-Vaughn, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Talking Pictures, Sal Ferreras, Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, and the Turning Point Ensemble. Bradshaw teaches at the Capilano Universities Jazz Studies Program.

Microcosmos Quartet (Strings, Vancouver)

Microcosmos was formed in Vancouver in the spring of 2010 to perform the rich repertoire of string quartets written in the past 100 years. The quartet takes advantage of the compactness and portability of a string quartet - four chairs and adequate light are all that is required - to present some of the greatest music of the 20th and 21st centuries in intimate spaces and sometimes unusual venues such as private homes, clubs, small halls, public and commercial buildings, for an audience that can experience the music close at hand.

The six quartets of Béla Bartók form the core of the quartet’s repertoire, complemented by important related works, including those by Canadian composers. Aside from the quartet's intimate 'house' concerts, they have been guests on other series including a performance of Benjamin Britten’s three quartets, celebrating his centennial in 2013 for Music on Main’s lauded ‘Cellar’ series, the premiere of eleven works for quartet as ensemble-in-residence for Vancouver Pro Musica’s ‘Further’ Series in 2015, and ‘Speaking in Ligeti’, an interdisciplinary collaboration with MMHop Productions and four dancers that toured to Halifax and Ottawa.

In 2015 the quartet launched the Kessler Academy, an annual educational initiative featuring a conductor-less orchestra mentorship program led by the quartet members.


Sawdust Collector takes place at The Gold Saucer Studio, a collective space located in The Dominion Building. Information on how to enter the show is posted on the front door of the building by 8:45 PM on every show night. After 9:30 PM you will need a cell phone to enter. If you do not have access to a phone please try to arrive by 9:15 PM. If you come later there may be a wait.

The front door is located at 207 W. Hastings. There is one low stair between the sidewalk and the building level. The studio is located on the second floor and is accessible by elevator. Seating is informal. We will do our best to adapt seating as requested, but site-lines may not be ideal on full nights and movement may be limited. If you have questions about accessing the space, please contact us. There is one single-occupancy, gender-inclusive washroom on the second floor, accessible by key. We are a trans-inclusive space.

Sawdust Collector is run by us, three artists and our friends who curate and produce the events on a volunteer basis. We own the glassware but not the room. For our weekly series, a bit of scruff is part of the deal. If you have questions about what kind of scruff you're in for, please feel free to contact us: heysawdustcollector@gmail.com

We acknowledge that our work takes place in Vancouver on traditional and unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful for this place.


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