Chris Black, former heartbroken country singer and gypsy/cumbia violinist, is releasing a new album of chamber music.
"Lullabies and Nightmares" is a collection of music written for the alt-classical concert series ChamberLab, composed by Chris Black and recorded by Gabriel Sullivan (XIXA). Since founding ChamberLab in 2010 as an outlet for bandmates with a composerly bent, working with classical violinists, cellists, flautists, bassoonists, and oboists has become the new normal for the former tearjerking front man of the Red Room's "Ashes of Love" country music "unhappy hour," and the freewheeling fiddle player of Sullivan's gypsy/cumbia superband Taraf de Tucson.
"Lullabies and Nightmares" opens with "'Dance' from Barfly," a violin and cello duet set over a pounding, percussive double bass line, originally inspired by the paintings of Joe Pagac, and continues to cut a wide swath through various duo and trio combinations of strings and woodwinds, including a duet for double bass and contrabassoon (perhaps a first for such a combo). Other music recorded during the sessions includes "Downtown Suite," a double reed duet inspired by scenes from Tucson's changing downtown (titles include "The Grill After the Fire" and "Girl Can't Walk in Those Shoes") and a narrated string trio called "Cooper Must Die."
The concert will feature the original recording ensembles in a completely acoustic concert at the Screening Room, site of the very first ChamberLab concert in 2010. Performers include members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Grammy Award-winning True Concord Voices and Orchestra. For more information, please visit www.chrisblackmusic.com.
Six people are invited to tell ten minute personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller.