Robert Black 1956-2023


Our dear friend Robert Black 1956-2023

Robert’s obituary in the New York Times.

Robert’s bio:

Robert Black tours the world creating unheard of music for the double bass, collaborating with the most adventurous composers, musicians, dancers, artists, actors, and technophiles from all walks of life.  He is a founding and current member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars.  Current projects include First Fridays with Robert Black – a monthly series of streamed solo bass recitals, a 10-channel audio/video double bass installation reflecting on the Anthropocene with sound artists Brian House and Sue Huang, filmed at the Freshkills landfill in NYC, an outdoor environmental work for 24 basses with composer Eve Beglarian, and commissions from Carman Moore, Joan Tower, Nick Dunston, Žibuolkė Martinaitytė, Krists Auznieks, Jakhongir Shukurov, and Daniel Sabzghabaei.  Solo recordings include Possessed (Cantaloupe Records) Modern American Bass (New World Records), The Bass Music of Christian Wolff and Giacinto Scelsi (Mode Records), and State of the Bass (O.O. Discs).  Robert teaches at the Hartt School/University of Hartford, the Manhattan School of Music, and the New Music on the Point Festival.

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