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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 a new Kafka-based theater piece for one actor and double bass
with original music written for Robert by Philip Glass.
Recent commissions: John Luther Adams, Carman Moore, Joan Tower, Phil
Niblock, Nick Dunston, Žibuolkė Martinaitytė, Krists Auznieks, Jakhongir Shukurov,
and Daniel Sabzghabaei.
Solo recordings: Philip
Glass-Bass Partita and Poetry (Orange Mountain Music), 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).
He also founded and directs
the Robert Black Foundation Trust, a not-for-profit organization whose mission
is to support contemporary musical arts activities in all possible