Chaz Underriner


As a performer, Chaz specializes in music written before 1750 and after 1950 on multiple plucked string instruments including electric guitar, classical guitar, and lute. Chaz has collaborated with numerous living composers for performances of their works, including Chaya Czernowin, Sofia Gubaidulina, Joseph Klein, Kirsten Broberg, Mark Applebaum, Michael Pisaro, Mike Winter, Mark Menzies, Josh Levine, Anastassis Philippakopoulous, Brent Farris, and Travis Weller, both as a soloist and in an ensemble setting.

Chaz has performed at REDCAT in Los Angeles during the Sofia Gubaidulina festival, in a chamber performance the LA Times critic Mark Swed declared “[was played with] focused abandon,” in the New Zealand in LA concert series, and as a part of Deep Camp Festival and Ostrava New Music Days festival in Czech Republic. Chaz also performed at the Laboratorium Festival in Antwerp, Beligum, with Austin New Music Co-op, at the wulf in Los Angeles, at the Dallas Contemporary, with the UNT Baroque Orchestra, NOVA Ensemble and the Keith Karns Big Band.

Performing jazz tunes on social media.

An album of structured improvisations featuring Colton Lytle, Jolene Masone, and Chaz Underriner.

Performing “Landscape: Texas Plains” in the studio, 2016.

Performing jazz tunes with guitar student Tanner Duncan.

Performing “Same Energy, Different Instrument” with the Ex Muse Trio

Performing Josh Levine’s “Glimpses” for flute, viola and guitar at UNT in April 2013.

Performing Mark Applebaum’s “DNA” for solo guitar at LABORATORIUM workshop, deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium, Zwarte Zaal, March 16th, 2011.

Performing Anastassis Philippakopoulos’ “Song 8” for string orchestra arranged for electric guitar quartet, CentralTrak Gallery, Dallas, 2012

anastassis philippakopoulos – song 8 from Chaz Underriner on Vimeo.

Performing Toru Takemitsu’s “Sacrifice” for alto flute, guitar and percussion at ROD concert hall, CalArts

Performing Toru Takemitu’s “Toward the Sea” for alto flute and guitar, ROD, CalArts

guitar (+1) is a concert of Michael Pisaro’s music for guitar that I produced and performed.

You can hear me playing my own jazz compositions on my jazz and spoken word album, Mosaic.

Check out some of my electric guitar improvisations with a looper pedal.


Solo Classical Guitar
Mark Applebaum – DNA
J.S. Bach – sonatas and partitas for solo violin (excerpts)
Leo Brouwer – Elogia de la Danza
Michael Pisaro – here (1)

Guitar + Chamber Ensemble
Mark Applebaum – S-tog
Sofia Gubaidulina – Repentance
Josh Levine – Glimpses
Mark Menzies – Aus 2011 (with Mark Menzies and Vinny Golia)
Toru Takemitsu – Sacrifice
Toru Takemitsu – Toward the Sea
Chaz Underriner – Crayons on the Wall: the Brothers J Make Mischief
Christian Wolff – Robert

Solo Electric Guitar
Michael Pisaro – black, white, red, green, blue
Conal Ryan – Theatre of Echo (for amplified acoustic guitar with ebow and amplified toilet paper roll)
Improvisations with looper pedals

Electric Guitar + Chamber Ensemble
Jack Callahan – Cadillac Ranch
Michal Indrák – Standing Wave
Michael Pisaro – ascending series 5.1
Michael Pisaro – E lá fora
Michael Pisaro – Rapport Abstrait
Mike Winter – lower limit


For booking, please contact: cfunderriner [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com