Hailing from the American Southwest, the Borderlands Ensemble was formed in 2017 to reach across social boundaries and bring communities together through concert music. the space in which to see, their debut release, was catalyzed by a project entitled â€œPlace and Identity in the Borderlandsâ€ which specifically explored connections between the shared cultural identity of Arizona and Mexico. Led by artistic director Johanna Lundy, three collaborators brought their specialized knowledge to the project: Dr. JosÃ© Luis Puerta, guitarist; Dr. Luis E. Coronado Guel, Mexican historian; and Jessica Gonzales, visual artist who created paintings inspired by the music that are included in the album artwork. The collection of music on this release speaks both to the groupâ€™s commitment to building cultural bridges through chamber music as well as its refined and impactful performances.
Released August 6, 2021 on New Focus Recordings
Borderlands Ensemble: Ellen Chamberlain, Joseph Rousos-Hammond, and Freya Creech, violins; Ann Weaver and Sarah Toy, violas; Robert Chamberlain, cello; Johanna Lundy, horn; JosÃ© Luis Puerta, guitar
Recorded May 2019, September 2019, and August 2020 at Crowder Hall at the Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
This listing is for the physical CD. If you prefer digital download, you can purchase that on the bandcamp website: