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 coffee houses, biker bars, art galleries, outdoors, and even a movie theatre. The group has collaborated with a variety of organizations in southern Arizona, including the Museum of Contemporary Art-Tucson, the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, UNAM-Tucson, El Crisol Mezcal Bar, Galeria Mitotera, the Loft Cinema, Tohono Chul, Hotel Congress, Saint Charles Tavern, and others.
This video includes the first movement of Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti’s work, “the space in which to see”, which the Borderlands Ensemble commissioned. Jessica Gonzales created a painting in response to the music, titled “One Way Window”. This video was created during the pandemic as a way for people to experience the music and the artwork together digitally since we could not present it in person. The art time lapse is of Jessica creating the actual painting. (1:15)
Part of our “Día de los Muertos Tertulia” program, a lecture-concert presenting the traditions and history of the holiday along with music from Mexico. Sin Un Amor was originally written by Jesús “Chucho” Navarro and Alfredo Gil, members of the group Los Panchos. (:47)