Fadi Iskandar and Tamara Khachatryan. Photo by Shelly Black.

A Message from ChamberLab

On Saturday, November 12th, we put on a concert at the Hotel Congress in Tucson, Arizona, featuring special guest violinists Fadi Iskandar and Tamara Khachatryan, who made their home in Tucson after fleeing the violence of the war in Syria a few years ago. I feel very lucky and honored to have met and worked with both of them, and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.

In the spring, we’ll present a concert of new music inspired by Mexican and Southwestern folk tales, accompanied by the shadow puppetry of Matt Cotten. Our ensemble for that evening will be the Mariachi Luz de Luna. This concert will take place on March 4th, 2017, at the Scottish Rite Temple in downtown Tucson.

I had the idea for both of these shows some time ago, and they didn’t feel like political ideas then; they were just opportunities to make good music with new friends. But, of course, they feel political now.

I don’t know what the next few years will bring, but I want our friends and supporters to know that ChamberLab will always be about breaking boundaries, not building walls, and I hope you’ll all be with us in that.


Chris Black
Artistic Director and founder of ChamberLab