The Borderlands Ensemble was formed in 2017 by Johanna Lundy, Ellen Chamberlain, Sarah Toy, Ann Weaver, and Robert Chamberlain. After many years working together in an orchestral setting, we were ready to explore new concert formats and to cultivate relationships with our audiences and the community. Our performances aim to disrupt barriers imposed by classical music traditions, making classical music more engaging and relevant to all people. Past concerts have taken place at breweries, biker bars, and coffee houses and the group has collaborated with the Museum of Contemporary Art-Tucson, the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, UNAM-Tucson, El Crisol Mezcal Bar, Galeria Mitotera, the Loft Cinema, and others.
We support composers and believe in the medium of contemporary art music to open hearts, shed light on humanity, and create collective experiences. We also enjoy performing pop, rock, and folk crossover music. We strive to celebrate diversity in everything we do, working to create social change in the borderlands community through music.
Place and Identity in the Borderlands:
We are currently engaged in a project called Place and Identity in the Borderlands, which explores the shared cultural identity of Arizona and Mexico. Special collaborators have joined us: guitarist Dr. José Luis Puerta, Mexican historian Dr. Luis Coronado Guel, and visual artist Jessica Gonzales, to explore and present new music by American and Mexican composers. Four original paintings by Gonzales were inspired by new musical compositions by Charles Daniels Torres, Alejandro Vera, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, and Jay Vosk.
Special thanks to the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, the Fred Fox School of Music, and the Tucson Guitar Society for their support of this project.
Watch the livestream premiere of Dream Machine and Passing Ships HERE!