Robyn Jacob is a pianist, singer, composer and educator who lives and works on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She has been defying categorization both in Canada and internationally with her avant-pop project Only A Visitor, and has self-released five albums including Tower Temporary (2015,) Lines (2017) and Technicolour Education (2019).
Committed to writing and performing avant-garde music, her recent composition projects explore writing for unusual ensembles, as well as collaborations with visual artists and instrument makers. She is currently the Emerging Composer in partnership with Chicago based Third Coast Percussion. As a music educator she believes in discovery through teaching, and learning through discovery, and has taught youth workshops on free improvisation and deep listening. Since 2012 she has been part of the multi-disciplinary arts collective Publik Secrets, currently artists in residence at the Hadden Park Field House with the City of Vancouver. In 2013 she toured Bali with Gamelan Gita Asmara, and since then has been performing with Gamelan Bike Bike. For four years she hosted The Rib on CiTR 101.9FM, a show dedicated to the dissemination of local experimental musical talent. Robyn has received a Bachelo's degree in Music from the University of British Columbia, and has completed residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Joya AiR in Spain. She has been teaching music and piano privately for over 10 years.