Touring, Traveling and Cooking !

SUMMER!

Finally, the sun returns to us like that friend we haven’t seen in a while…The longer days, the beach, bike rides, barbecues, and the nostalgia of childhood fun. Summer always seems to make me feel like a kid again!

And that’s exactly how I feel returning to perform in my hometown at the Rochester International Jazz Festival! It’s always special for me to have so many friends and family in the audience. I’ll be at the Harrow East Venue on June 29 for 2 shows, 5:30 and 7:15 pm!
I want to thank everyone who came out to see our shows for this past tour. Paris was hot, as always and Germany proved to be pretty cool! 😉 Looking forward to being back in the EU this summer for a few festivals! I’m really excited about the live show and where it’s headed!

July 20 I’m heading to Granada Spain for some tapas and a show then heading back to France for some Rose in Poet Laval (21/7) and Montlucon (22/7)
On July 28 I’ll be at the La Londe Jazz Festival with some super cool musicians playing a special soul/jazz/funk show. I’ve been really looking forward to this collaboration and the music should be really fun! Some Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Gladys Night and more!!! Come get your groove on with us if you happen to be nearby!

Hope to see you this summer! At a show or a BBQ!
Love
Robin

Melodic Canvas is available now..and the new website is here..

Welcome to my newly redecorated site! I am so excited that Melodic Canvas has been released.
I’ve really enjoyed having my hands in every part of this album from the writing to the artwork, it has been a joy to see it come to life! I thought I’d share some of my thoughts about making this album.

When thinking about making this record I was finding that I was really drawn to the idea of an acoustic sound. Using an instrumentation that would allow me to use more of the subtitles in my voice. I thought the idea of using percussion would give the music and earthy and warm vibe. And it would be totally different from anything I had sone in the past.

A few other things happened around the time I started writing for the album. First, I had just come off a tour with Danilo Perez and Jazz 100. I was totally inspired by making music with Danilo and the band. (Chris Potter on Sax, Avishai Cohen on Trumpet, Ben Street on Bass, Adam Cruz on drums and Roman Diaz on Percussion)
I also found that I was missing singing jazz. In a way, Melodic Canvas is like coming back to jazz. I’m a songwriter, singing jazz soul songs. I love that I’m able to use different timbres in the songs depending on what it calls for. It’s intimate and I love the idea that if you close your eyes, maybe you can visualize us playing the music in your living room. It’s not trying to be anything it’s not. It’s just the music that we played at that moment.

Last but not least, Trump had been elected and it seemed the world was crumbling to the ground… so I had a lot to write about.

Since the release, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback already and I have to say, it really seems that you all are connecting to the music in a way that only an artist can hope for. I appreciate all the feedback and I’m really looking forward to getting out on tour and delivering a wonderful live show for you guys!

This spring and summer I’ll be joined by some great musicians so be sure to check out the tour dates! We are still adding shows so stay up to date on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! If you’re not following me yet, please add us so that you won’t miss out on any important details!

Again, thank you guys for your support on this new journey! I am hoping to see you soon on tour!

Peace and Love!

Robin

Do You Believe has reached the earth !

As you can see we’ve been doing a little renovating here on the site. For those of you who know me personally, you know I love a good redecoration so I’m thrilled to present this new look to coincide with the release of Melodic Canvas!
So grab a coffee, tea or maybe even glass of wine (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere) and feel free to have a look around. Be sure you check out the new video for Do You Believe and let me know what you think. If you haven’t already signed up for the newsletter please do!
Lots of love to you all! Xoxo, Robin

Thanksgiving Season

HAPPY FALL MY FRIENDS!

THE AUTUMN LEAVES DRIFT BY MY WINDOW. 

THE BEAUTIFUL ORANGE AND RED LEAVES, A CRISP IN THE AIR, MULLED APPLE CIDER OR VIN CHAUD ON THE STOVE, JUST A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT THIS TIME OF YEAR.

I FEEL LIKE A KID AT CHRISTMAS ALREADY. I’M WAITING PATIENTLY TO SHARE MY NEW “GIFT” WITH YOU BUT I THINK I STILL HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE LONGER.

NOW THAT THE MUSIC PORTION OF THE ALBUM IS COMPLETE, I’VE TURNED MY FOCUS TO THE ARTWORK.
IT’S BEEN COOL TO CREATE A VISUAL THAT CORRESPONDS WITH THE MUSIC. I’VE YET TO DECIDE ON A COVER BUT SOON I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO SHARE SOME OF THE OPTIONS WITH YOU ALL!

IT’S BEEN STRANGE NOT TO BE ON TOUR MUCH THIS YEAR BUT I’VE REALLY ENJOYED OTHER THINGS IN MY LIFE. I’VE HAD TIME TO TAKE IN MORE CONCERTS, AND FAMILY. AND FOR THAT, I AM VERY GRATEFUL.

WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY THANKSGIVING SEASON!

Late Summer Thang…

Every time the end of August rolls around, I look back on the past few months of summer and wonder how it went by so fast and it’s always a bitter sweet period for me. I love summer. I love the freedom that summer makes me feel. Whether I’m on tour for summer festivals or just hanging at home I feel so free.
I lived this summer gardening and did crafty house projects. I vacationed with my best friend in the Thousand Islands and I filled my creative well until it was overflowing with musical ideas. I spent long days and late nights writing and arranging all the music for my next album and I can’t wait to get to NYC to record in just a few short weeks.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I haven’t been as present on Social media. I’ve been enjoying my family and friends and it felt good to not be stuck to making a “post” everyday. Soon I’ll be back but I needed time for myself so thanks y’all for understanding!

I am so excited to get into the studio and watch this project come to life. I am really looking forward to sharing it with you all.

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and Cheers to getting back to a routine and the the gym. lol

Peace to all

Robin

Huge Snow Storm !

Hello my friends!

I don’t know about you but I still feel like a kid when we get a huge snowstorm and they call a for snow day for the kids! A great excuse to stay home all day, and cook up some yummy food and share it with friends and neighbors. At least we are on the other side of winter now, probably the last storm is now behind us… We’re mid-March heading into spring, ready for new beginnings!
Looking ahead towards April, I’ll be doing a few shows with my band and also hitting the stage for a couple duo performances with pianist, Andre Manoukian. We will be performing a mix of well known jazz, soul and pop tunes.

A quick recap of February, I had the most wonderful time joining the European Portion of the Jazz 100 Project. The music and people were both so special. Getting the opportunity to work with Danilo Perez and the band was really inspirational.
I came off that tour ready to get into writing mode and I’m really excited about my next album because it’s starting to take shape … and that’s a great feeling!!

Wishing you all beautiful start to spring!

Xoxo,
Robin

Feb is coming to an end..

Dear friends,
it’s me, Checking in again.
The beginning of 2017 has proven to be quite amazing thus far!
I had the most wonderful time joining the European Portion of the “Jazz 100” Project. The music and people were both so very special. Getting the opportunity to work with Danilo and the band was really inspirational. The music lifted me to a different place, with no musical boundaries. The freedom of creating something different and new with each performace was so exhilarating. My creative well has been filled to it’s fullest.

That being said, I’ve found that I have so many things to say and many stories to share. I’ve been writing every day and I am really gettig excited about recording my next album and most of all, sharing the joy of music with you!

Until next time!
peace and love
xoxo,
Robin

2017 is here

2017 is well underway and with all the changes coming our way I thought it was time for a little change in my routine. These next few months I will be collaborating with different musicians on some really interesting projects.

In February, I have the great honor to be invited to be a part of the #Jazz100 project paying tribute to the music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo and Monk. It’s a dream band and I’m really looking forward to making some great music with Danilo Perez (piano), Chris Potter (Sax), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Ben Street (Bass), Adam Cruz (Drums) and Roman Diaz (percussion).
In April and May I’ll join André Manoukian for a duo show of soul standards. It’s been forever since I’ve taken the stage with just a pianist so I’m really excited about the intimacy of this show.
In May, I will be sharing the stage with saxophonist Stefano Di Battista for a soul infused set in Paris..

In addition to these special projects, I’ll perform some spotted dates with my regular band as well.
Don’t forget for those of you in the US, the Looking Glass is now available for purchase and downloads!

Love to you all!

Christmas is almost here…

Ho ho ho everyone and Merry Christmas!

I’m really looking forward to this holiday season and spending time with my family and friends. It seems like just yesterday it was January 2016! Hard to believe that soon we will be bringing in another new year. Time sure does fly!
It’s been a fun year for me, as I have welcomed a new band with new ideas and music. We have had some great concerts and met wonderful people along the way.
I would like to give a special thanks to my fans who have continued to support me and my music. It’s been 10 years since my first release (introducing) and it’s been a wild ride!

I’ll be taking some time this next year to work on a new cd and also really excited to be joining the Jazz 100 project for the European portion! For some of my French fans out there keep your eye of for some special duo concerts with Andre Manoukian!

Wishing everyone a peaceful and joy filled season!

Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel
Happy New year!

Signing off for some eggnog!
See ya next year!

Fall Tour 2017 Underway

Always good to be on tour and get to play with my band…As a matter of fact we had a few amzing musicians filling in for a few days. Jack DeBoe on Drums, Reggie Washington on Bass and Jeremie Coke as well (from French Band Electro Deluxe)
A Blast all the way ! We played the Madrid Jazz festival last sunday and we had a beautiful crowd to cheer us up. Dancing and making us feel good. Earlier in the day (although it was raining most of the day), I went out to the corner of the street and found a great Mexican “chipotle” type joint. A nice salad and a beer later, I went for a little rest before the show 🙂
Unfortunately our next show was supposed to be in Berlin but was cancelled ! I feel bad for this as we always have fun in Berlin. last 2 times, we hit Quasimodo and it was full of like and happiness. Hope we can come back to Germany soon 🙂
Our next stop is in Marciac/France (near Toulouse) next Saturday. The Summer French Capital of Jazz as also concerts duing the year in a pretty new venue called Astrada. I am sure I will see some old friends there as well.
More soon from the road..chck out our Pictures tab for some on tour shots !

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