ChamberLab: Call for Composers


ChamberLab seeks new composers for our ongoing efforts! As you may know, we are an alt-classical, DIY chamber music series presenting new concert music in non-traditional venues, and most often from outsider composers as well. And we want more!

ChamberLab present music within a specific context, and so pieces most likely to be well-received will have one or all of the following characteristics:

1) A strong narrative sense. The more the audience feels like they’ve been told a story, or that something has happened, the better we like it.

2) A strong visual sense. A piece that transports the listener to a nearly-palpable “other place” is a good fit.

3) A prominent display of virtuosity. We have tremendously gifted performers involved in our concerts, and I don’t think we’ve even scratched the surface of their capabilities yet. I’d like to fix that.

An excellent example of a piece displaying all three qualities at once is this piano trio by composer Pierre Jalbert, commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and premiered here in Tucson on November 5th, 2014 (the music proper starts at 4:50, after some opening remarks by Mr. Jalbert):

(This is not a ChamberLab concert, of course, but videos of many of ChamberLab’s previous concerts can be found in the Previous Concerts section.)

Interested? Please email Chris Black, and send along a link to audio/video of your work, or even a Sibelius file. Our next concert will likely occur in the fall of 2016, with a deadline for composition in August or September, but the sooner we hear from you, the better!

Chris Black
Founder and Creative Director, ChamberLab