Chris Black is a multi-instrumental composer and performer living in Tucson, Arizona, currently performing primarily as a solo double bassist, and he is the founder of the alt-classical chamber music concert series ChamberLab. He has been a member of such groups as Shoulders (Austin, TX), Les Wampas (Paris, FR), Golden Arm Trio (Austin, TX), The Wedding's Off (L.A., CA), and the Taraf de Tucson (Tucson, AZ).
Chris Black's new release, Lullabies and Nightmares, is such stuff as bad dreams are made of.Tucson Weekly, September 28th, 2017
Classical music will expand soundscape at rock 'n' roll venue
And he and his band of classically trained musicians will do it in a place that’s used to loud, crunchy guitars and deafening percussion.Arizona Daily Star, September 5th, 2017
Lullabies & Nightmares is a 15-song soundtrack to the script in your brain. Some tunes are filled with suspense and tension, conveying treachery and darkness; other are upbeat, playful and heartening.Zocalo, September 2nd, 2017
Legends & Shadows
There were no boundaries to begin with when ChamberLab set out to present classical music with a punk ethos. So about a year ago when ChamberLab visionary Chris Black got the idea to draw mariachi musicians into the fold … the challenge was set.Tucson Weekly, March 2nd, 2017
Chris Black's "alt-classical DIY concert series" ChamberLab is consistently one of the coolest things happening in Tucson music, with his talented friends taking on contemporary compositions in settings often accustomed to rock shows.Tucson Weekly, September 11th, 2014
Chris Black and Chamberlab:
One Year Down and a Wide-Open Future for Chamber Music in Popular Culture
Chris Black revealed a handful of his many dimensions—first whimsy, with a composition for ten players titled, "Around the Neighborhood in Socks"; then wizardry, with a lighthearted set of short pieces for three bassoons; and, finally, emotive, dark free verse, melding music and spoken word into a harrowing first-person account of a paranoid-schizophrenic episode.Tucson Weekly, May 29th, 2013
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Chris Black / Chris Black Trio
2010 – Present
Founder, artistic director, composer, performer.
SELECTED PAST ENSEMBLES
Gabriel Sullivan / Gabriel Sullivan and the Taraf de Tucson
2008 – 2012
The Wedding's Off
Los Angeles, CA, 2002 – 2003.
Chris Black & the Holy Ghost / Gadjo Bango
Austin, TX, 1999 – 2006.
Bandleader, singer, pianist, guitarist.
Golden Arm Trio
Austin, TX, 1999 – 2001, 2006.
Paris, France, 1993, 1996.
Austin, TX, 1989 – 1994.
MUSIC FOR THEATRE AND FILM (COMPOSER)
Artifact Dance Project, Tucson, AZ, 2014
The General (Buster Keaton)
ChamberLab, Fox Theatre, Tucson, AZ, 2014
Happening to Your Body
(Short Film) directed by Jon Ecklund, 2014
Beowulf Theatre, Tucson, AZ, 2012
(Short Film) directed by Rory O'Rear, 2010
Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin, TX, 2002
Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin, TX, 2001
AWARDS and HONORS
Buffalo Exchange Arts Award
Golden Hornet Project String Quartet Smackdown
Sweet Sixteen Finalist, 2014
Best Alternative Packaging for a Compact Disc
Tucson Weekly Staff, 2012 (for Drunk at the Funeral)