Robert Spalding Newcomb

Robert Spalding Newcomb

guitar, sitar, electronics

Robert Spalding Newcomb, (guitar, sitar, electronics) is an Ann Arbor native and has performed at Kerrytown Concert House (KCH) 14 times since 2002.  He performs as a solo artist and has also been fortunate to have worked in collaboration with Greg Laman, Erik Gottesman, James Aikman, Ken Kozora, the Kozora Quartet, Stephen Rush, Dan Piccolo, Grace Chung, Mike Halerz, Christina Sears, the PeopleDancing troupe and others over the years.

Career Highlights:  Robert has produced and published 11 albums of original music, 9 as solo artist (1986-2018).  His computer music compositions have been featured at electronic/computer music festivals internationally (1993-1999).  His compositional theories and the design of his unique music software was published in the Cambridge University Press (UK) journal, ‘Organised Sound’ (1998).  Robert and University of Michigan (U-M) Professor Stephen Rush were guests of the US Embassy in New Delhi, India for a four-city concert tour and music history instruction workshop at the Nirman NGO in Varanasi (2005).  He has received an Emmy for his role as Sitar Soloist in James Aikman’s ‘Peacemakers’ with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as part of the award winning PBS documentary of the premiere (2016).  From 2012-2014 he produced several solo and ensemble Solstice Concerts, Summer (U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens) and Winter (KCH).

He recently capped a 27 year career at U-M as Associate Director of Media & Studio Arts at the Digital Media Commons in the Duderstadt Center (2013-2022), managing the budget, administration and technical infrastructure of the professional audio and video studios supporting faculty and staff productions.  From 2018-2020 he produced the Media & Studio Arts Symposium at the Duderstadt Center.

From 1998-2007, he held the position of Director of Information Technology at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and then served as their Program Manager for Business Information and Network Security.  From 1997-1998 he was also Technical Coordinator for Computers, Networking and Information Management for the 1998 International Computer Music Conference hosted at U-M.  From 2008-2013, he worked with the UM central ITS group as a Senior Business Systems Analyst. 

He has also worked in the design and implementation of complex computer systems for the New York Stock Exchange, Chemical Bank, and Manufacturers Hanover Trust/Prodigy in New York City (1983-1989).

Robert is a certified yoga instructor with 12 years of teaching experience in Ann Arbor.