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 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
The title track, "Drunk at the Funeral," it's like a soundtrack for when some grieving rummy's gonna topple into the casket with the deceased unless his friends keep him upright until the paternoster's over and the worms are reaching for their bibs.Austin Chronicle, November 1st, 2012
This is no ordinary musician. Reaching beyond the boundaries of genre, delving into theatrical representations of hot and cold, Chris Black debuts his solo album, a collection of more throb than beat, instruments churning and bleeding all over this canvas.Austin Chronicle, July 21st, 2006
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 Oâ€™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)