About The Zafa Collective

The Zafa Collective was formed in 2016 by co-founders Hannah Christiansen (violin) and Casey Karr (double bass). The Chicago-based new music ensemble follows in the footsteps of Ensemble Dal Niente and ICE with its flexible instrumentation, allowing Zafa to choose its repertoire with no limitations. Formed upon the idea that classical music should be inclusive and accessible both in terms of programming and performance, the Zafa Collective actively seeks music from outside the canon of Western art music. Zafa presents programs with diverse aesthetics, seeking to make contemporary music accessible and appealing to as wide of an audience as possible.  In their opening season, The Zafa Collective premiered works by Michal Massoud, Theo Chandler, Connor Singh Vanderbeek, and Derek Tywoniuk, and worked with composers including Ellen Ruth Harrison, Eliza Brown, and Sato Matsui.  Zafa has performed in a wide range of venues, from Constellation to Ganz Hall to private homes.

About The Salon Series

As a part of their mission to make new music accessible and inclusive, the Zafa Collective launched their Salon Series in November, 2016. The Salon Series is a monthly program of smaller chamber works performed in non-traditional venues. These concerts are informal, BYOB, and admission is free, although Zafa does accept donations in place of ticket sales. The Zafa Collective opened the Salon Series at TamWim, a carpet gallery in Ravenswood, and completed the second performance of the series at a private home in Rogers Park. Zafa has since hosted Salon Series events in Albany Park and Wicker Park and looks forward to performing in more spaces soon. If you are interested in hosting a Salon Series event at your business or private home, please send us an email!

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