Robert Black tours the world creating unheard of music for the solo double bass. He collaborates with the most adventurous composers, musicians, dancers, artists, actors, and technophiles from all walks of life. He has commissioned, collaborated, or performed with musicians from John Cage to D.J. Spooky, Elliott Carter to Meredith Monk, Cecil Taylor to young emerging composers, as well as the Brazilian painter Ige D'Aquino, Japanese choreographer Yoshiko Chuma, the American actor Kathryn Walker, the English sound artist/DJ, Mira Calix and Swiss-American film maker, Rudy Burckhardt.
Robert Black is a founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Additional chamber music activities include performances with the Ciompi and Miami String Quartets and annual appearances at the Moab Music Festival. Robert maintains a full teaching schedule at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho (Brazil), and the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program. A recipient of numerous grants, he recently received the Degree of Comendador - Mérito Cultural e Artistico from the Fundação Educacional, Cultural e Artistica Elezar de Carvalho in recognition of 25 years of distinguished contributions to the cultural and artistic life of Brazil.
His current project, titled Possessed, is a series of solo improvisatory outdoor performances in Utah’s rugged canyon/desert landscape, which will be released in DVD and CD format on Cantaloupe Records in 2015. His most recently completed solo recording is a 2 CD set titled Modern American Bass featuring mid-20th Century American bass repertoire – released on New World Records in the Fall of 2011. His other solo CDs are State of the Bass (O.O. Discs), The Complete Bass Music of Christian Wolff (Mode Records), The Complete Bass Music of Giacinto (Mode Records). Robert has also recorded for Sony Classical, Point/Polygram, Cantaloupe, Koch International, CRI, Opus One, Artifact Recordings, Folkways Records, and others.
Additionally, Robert is on the Advisory Board of the international radio series Art of the States, is the Director the International Society of Bassists’ biennial International Composition Competition, and adjudicates for the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City.
Robert Black performs on a French double bass made by Charles Brugere in Paris in 1900. He tours with a B-21 instrument that he commissioned from the French luthier, Patrick Charton in 2009.