Chris Black is a composer and performer living in Tucson, Arizona, performing mainly as a solo double bassist. He is the founder of the alt-classical chamber music concert series ChamberLab.

The dark crunch of strings rips through the speakers as a warning to all passersby. This is no ordinary musician.Austin Chronicle

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NEW MUSIC EVERY WEEK

Starting on Saturday, December 9th, I'll release a new song every week to members of my email list. Please sign up here if you haven't already.

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Statue of Liberty Holding a Violin

VEXATIONS!

In December, 2017, my ChamberLab concert series raised nearly $17,000 for the ACLU of Arizona by playing Erik Satie's Vexations 840 times in a row in a marathon 15-hour performance. Read all about it at www.vexathon.com.

Chris Black playing the double bass.

TOM WAITS

I performed some of the music of Tom Waits as part of Tucson's Great Cover-Up to benefit Planned Parenthood. It was incredibly fun! A little video is available here, although the booming sound proved too much for the camera mic, you get the idea.

Still from the film The Adventures of Prince Achmed

SILENT FILM

I'm taking the next six months or so to compose a new score for a silent film: The Adventures of Prince Achmed. I'm starting with an exploration of the possibilities of the double bass, but may add more instruments as I go along.


UPCOMING CONCERTS

My new trio will perform new music as a part of Bennuval II, Saturday, December 1st, at the Fox Theatre in Tucson, AZ. More information available here.

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