Contemporary Performance Dept.
Bass player Robert Black’s interests range from traditional orchestral and chamber music to solo recitals, collaborations with actors, music with computers and MIDI, movement-based improvisations with dancers, and live action-painting performances with artists. 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. His recital activities frequently take him to five continents. Robert performs with the Bang On A Can All Stars (New York City’s hard-hitting new music ensemble).
He recently created and performed the music for Kathryn Walker and the Music Theater Group’s production of The Odyssey and Time On Our Hands with the Full Force Dance Company. Other collaborations include films by Rudy Burckhardt and live action-painting improvisations with the Brazilian painter Ige D’Aquino. 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. His 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) and an up-coming 2 CD set of mid 20th Century American Bass Music. Additionally, Robert serves on the Board of the International Society of Bassists, on the Advisory Board of the international radio series “Art of the States,” and is editor of the New Scores column for the journal Bass World.