The Borderlands Ensemble believes that classical music should be fun. After many years playing together in the Tucson Symphony, Johanna Lundy, horn, Ellen Chamberlain, violin, Sarah Toy, viola, and Robert Chamberlain, cello decided to break out. The Borderlands Ensemble was formed as a means to connect face-to-face with audiences in intimate and unexpected locations. The ensemble presents music ranging from Mozart to new works by living composers. The ensemble has performed across Arizona, in breweries, biker bars, coffee houses and other fine establishments, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Tucson), the Loft Cinema, and with the Downtown Chamber Series (Phoenix).
A special project is currently underway featuring commissions by female composers. The ensemble is working on a recording project exploring the ideas of place and identity. Upcoming performances include the International Women’s Brass Conference in May 2019. One of the composers involved in the project is Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti.
Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti is a multifaceted musician who plays, teaches, writes, and writes about contemporary music. Lanzilotti’s compositions often deal with unique instrument-objects, such as her commissions from The Noguchi Museum involving sound sculptures. Lanzilotti is the Assistant Professor of Viola and Director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the University of Northern Colorado. A native of Hawai‘i, Lanzilotti is a co-founder and Artistic Consultant for Kalikolehua — El Sistema Hawai‘i.