Round Robin

Our event series celebrating the power of unexpected and unpredictable collaboration

Karel Chladek

One of the most exciting moments for any music fan is when technical expertise dissolves into pure emotion, and well-honed skills are forced to reckon with unpredictable situations. It’s experiences like these that are at the forefront of the Round Robin event concept, first introduced at the Red Bull Music Academy New York in 2013.

At Round Robin, a musician takes the stage for a five minute solo performance before being joined by dozens more musicians from multifaceted backgrounds, who improvise together in segments of five minutes each. It’s a one-of-a-kind performance that happens once and only once, combining musicians practicing in different genres and with disparate performance personalities to thrilling effect.

Round Robin is ultimately a celebration of an individual city’s diverse scenes as much as it is a night of pure musical spontaneity, an opportunity to witness incredible musicians create lasting beauty out of thin air.

Red Bull Music Academy Montréal 2016

Karel Chladek


Chilly Gonzales
Mauro Pezzente (Godspeed You! Black Emperor)
Greg Fox (Liturgy)
Rebecca Foon (Esmerine)
Austin Tufts (Braids)
Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire)
Sandro Perri
Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire)
Young Paris
Craig Pedersen
Kelsey Lu
Jessie Stein
Stefan Schneider

Karel Chladek
Karel Chladek
Dan Wilton
Karel Chladek

Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2014

Lauren Gesswein
Lauren Gesswein


Allen Toussaint
Amp Fiddler
Dave Douglas
David Murray
James Carter
Jamie Lidell
Jherek Bischoff
Kaki King
Karsh Kale
Marc Ribot
Marco Benevento
Nels Cline
Petra Haden
Terri Lyne Carrington
Wadada Leo Smith

Lauren Gesswein

Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Detroit 2014


Todd Osborn
Jim Diamond
Wendell Harrison
Vaughn Klugh
Black Milk
Amp Fiddler
Marcus Belgrave
Joan Belgrave
Marion Hayden
JD Allen
James Carter
Dez Andres
Eddie Fowlkes
Gayelynn McKinney
Phat Kat

Jeremy Deputat
Jeremy Deputat
Jeremy Deputat

Red Bull Music Academy New York 2013

Christelle de Castro


Andrew Bird
Andrew W.K.
Bernie Worrell
DJ Spinna
Don Byron
Erik Friedlander
Glenn Kotche (Wilco)
James Chance
Joe Lovano
Julia Holter
Kim Gordon
Mary Halvorson
Matana Roberts
Robert Glasper
Roy Hargrove
Vijay Iyer

Christelle de Castro
Christelle de Castro

By Red Bull Music Academy on December 14, 2016

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