The Zafa Collective was formed in 2016 by co-founders Hannah Christiansen (violin) and Casey Karr (double bass). Built 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 and from a wide variety of aesthetics. Zafa has a core group of seven musicians, and regularly performs with guest artists.  This model of flexible instrumentation allows the Collective to choose their repertoire with no limitations.

In their first season, The Zafa Collective premiered works by Michal Massoud, Theo Chandler, Connor Singh Vanderbeek, Erin Camerson, and Derek Tywoniuk, and workshopped with composers including Ellen Ruth Harrison, Eliza Brown, and Sato Matsui.  Zafa played in a wide range of venues, from Constellation to Ganz Hall to private homes. 

Now in their second season, Zafa is a Sponsored Artist of High Concept Labs.  The Collective continues to work closely with composers, workshopping with Eliza Brown and Roger Zare, and is collaborating with groups including Chicago Fringe Opera.  Venues for 2017-2018 include Mana Contemporary, Hairpin Arts Center, the Center on Halsted, Constellation Chicago, and the Poetry Foundation of Chicago.