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. He annually appears at the Monadnock Music Festival and 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 received a Bessie Award for his collaborative work with The School of Hard Knocks in NYC.
His most recent 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 editor of the "New Scores" column for the journal Bass World, 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 Chartonin 2009.