August 12, Thirsty Ears Festival
Wilson Ave between Hermitage and Ravenswood
7pm, free admission/$10 suggested donation

Zafa will be closing the main stage at Chicago's only classical music street festival! Thirsty Ears features a great lineup of Chicago performers and Zafa is sending their string quartet contingent to perform works by Bradshaw, Najarian, Washington, and Montgomery. The fest will have food trucks, beer from Empirical Brewing, and kid friendly activities so bring the whole family. Don't miss the quartet performing Shelley Washington's Middleground, from their set, on WFMT's Relevant Tones, Friday August 10 at 10pm, either!

October 25, High Concept Labs Open House
Constellation Chicago, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
7pm, $15-20 admission, buy tickets here

We’re making an appearance at the 2018 Fall Open House presented by High Concept Labs to perform Tonia Ko’s Plus Earth in Four Pieces.

December 6, Kinds of Kings at the University of Chicago
Fulton Recital Hall, 1010 E 59th Street, Chicago, IL
4:30pm, free admisson

We love Kinds of Kings - a composers collective comprised of Gemma Peacocke, Shelley Washington, Maria Kaoutzani, Susanna Hancock, Emma O’Halloran, and Finola Merivale. Zafa performed Shelley Washington’s quartet, Middleground, on our season-opening Thirsty Ears performance, and we’ll reprise that alongside works for strings by each of the other Kings.

January 6, Life and Death at Constellation Chicago
3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
8:30pm, $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Zafa returns to Constellation Chicago to present works by Gabriela Ortiz, Kristin Kuster, Dinuk Wijeratne, and more.

January 19, Chinatown Branch Library
2100 South Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL
2pm, free admission

A trio of Zafa musicians will perform works by Chen Yi, Tonia Ko, Gabriela Ortiz, and Bright Sheng at the Chinatown Branch Library.

February 17, Zafa and ~Nois Make Noise
Fulton Street Collective, 1821 W Hubbard St Suite 307, Chicago, IL
7:30pm, $10 student, $15 general admission

We met the saxophone quartet ~Nois while studying at Northwestern and can’t believe it’s taken us so long to do a show together. Head to Fulton Street Collective to hear a wildly varied night of new music- we’ll combine forces to throw down music by Luis Fernando Amaya, Marcos Balter, Drew Baker, Eliza Brown, Lee Hyla, Alex Mincek, Augusta Read Thomas, and Roger Zare.

March 14, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University
McClintock Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL
7:30pm, free admission

Several of Zafa's members return to their alma mater, Northwestern University, to work with four student composers. Zafa's residency at the school culminates in a performance of the four works, by composers Karen Bao, Tyler Kramlich, Kitra Razin, and Ruud Roelofsen.