FIVE QUESTIONS WITH SINGER-SONGWRITER ROBIN ANDERSON
The local singer's voice glides elegantly along each melody she writes. But beneath the glassy surface, Anderson engages in tricky creative labor. Her music unites the syntax of pop, folk, jazz and musical theater; her lyrics address a fragile world with both hope and an askew sense of humor.
INAUGURAL MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL AIMS TO BRIDGE CREATIVE GAPS
The festival celebrates music videos, featuring 25 to 30 local and international submissions. It will screen the short films inside Columbia businesses, and is intended to inspire new creative collaborations across different areas of the art scene
COLUMBIA HOME TO FIRST VIDWEST MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL
Matt Schacht talks to Robin Anderson before the studio artist panel on Saturday at Dogwood Artist Workspace. Schacht is the festival venue tech and Anderson is the public relations lead and a researcher for the VidWest Music Video Festival.
Robin Anderson, 31, is an alumna of MU’s School of Music and has lived in Columbia ever since she graduated. Anderson started out in classical music but crossed over into singing, songwriting and experimenting with pop.
For singer-songwriter Robin Anderson, her delicate ballad “January Song” evokes the optimism she experienced when she was recovering from knee surgery. This collaboration between the two artists demonstrates that Columbia offers fertile ground for creative artists.
Bethel Baptist Church will host the program “Be the Love,” featuring music, art, spoken word and dance performances. Funds will go to the congregation’s effort to become, in its words, an “arts magnet church.”
Audra Sergel, her jazz quintet and six vocalists known as the Elan Singers will gather ’round the J.W. “Blind” Boone Piano for the third session of the Boone Piano Concert Series at the Boone County Historical Society
Asked to describe herself, Robin Anderson paused to think. She’s 29 and married. She’s blond. “I’m a music teacher,” she said and laughed. “I got tired of the way people reacted when I say I’m a musician.”
I’m a huge fan of both Sergel and Anderson. Anderson is the music director at Bethel Church, so I’ve had the benefit of a front row seat for over a year….my stay in Columbia is enhanced by each of them. They are a gift to the city.
She told them she was going to learn to hoop. Although some were skeptical, she devised a practice schedule and set to work, giving them progress updates along the way via videotapes. That way, Anderson said she could show them an end result, then step back and teach them how to break up the steps to reach that point. She could relate to their challenges and teach her students how to move past them.