Join us in celebrating a new chapter for the renown public landmark in the heart of town by rededicating the Community Chalkboard as an inclusive, inviting tribute to creative expression and public engagement. Help us reaffirm this landmark for the next generations of artists and thinkers expressing the ideas shaping a better future for us all. Drop in on events all week long. You are welcome to bring your own seating.
To view the full calendar of events: Click here.
Here’s everything happening on Monday, September 13th:
4:30 – 7:30 Interactive Chalk Mural by Chicho Lorenzo
Chicho Lorenzo will be chalking up the board all evening. Come by to say hi and maybe even participate in some art-making with a beloved local artist and muralist
4:30 – 6:30 Charlottesville Tomorrow – “What Community Means to Me” survey
Charlottesville Tomorrow will be giving away goodies and conducting a survey on “What Community Means to Me.” Drop in!
5:30 – 6:15 The Front Porch presents Kris Monson
Kris Monson is a bassist and composer based in New York City / Charlottesville, Virginia. Kris has had the honor of performing in ensembles led by many of the top musicians in the international jazz and contemporary music scenes, including Marc Cary, Vince Mendoza, Lalah Hathaway, Jim McNeely, Tyshawn Sorey, Veronica Swift, Charles Owens, and Ari Hoenig, and at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Smalls Jazz Club, and Blues Alley.
7:00 – 8:30 Telemetry Experimental Music in partnership with UVA Music, UVA Arts
The first in person Telemetry of the 21-22 season will take place Monday September 13th at 7pm at Charlottesville’s Community Chalkboard space on the downtown mall located at 605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902. This is part of the re-dedication week for the space as The Bridge has taken over stewardship of it.
Generator Organ Ensemble (Will Mullany and Amber Bouchard) explores on-site, off-grid human powered generation of electrical energy as a source for / constraint on musical performance.
Alex Christie makes acoustic music, electronic music, and intermedia art in many forms. His work has been called “vibrant”, “interesting, I guess”, and responsible for “ruin[ing] my day”. He has collaborated with artists in a variety of fields and is particularly interested in the design of power structures, systems of interference, absurdist bureaucracy, and indeterminacy in composition. He is currently based in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Carlehr Swanson is a singer, songwriter, and pianist from Richmond, Virginia. As a vocalist, Carlehr has performed with Sheila Jordan, The Manhattan Transfer, and The New York Voices. Through her organization, Music is Unity, Carlehr implements music in her community by taking performances to those who may not experience it otherwise. She has planned and performed more than a dozen virtual events for local nursing homes and schools throughout this year. In 2017, she was named the People’s Choice and 3rd Runner-up in the Miss Virginia Pageant.
Varun Kishore is a composer from Kolkata, India. His work explores interdisciplinary approaches to music technology, literature, and the audiovisual, with a focus on designing frameworks for composition and improvisation to investigate what he sees as the ‘apocalyptic’ nature of creative practice. His current areas of interest include drone music, digital instrument and interface design, alternative notation, and video.
Brian Lindgren is a violist and composer based in Charlottesville, VA. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia. He holds a BA from the Eastman School of Music and an MFA in Sonic Arts from Brooklyn College.
As a composer, his work has been featured in the 2010 International Computer Music Conference, the Vox Novus 2009 60×60 and 2010 Magenta Mix compilations, the 2021 Earth Day Art Model Festival, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. He has been commissioned by Anton Kandinsky, Brian Reed, the Plattsburgh State Sinfonia, and Nelson George. His commercial productions include music for Estée Lauder, Amtrak, NHK/Mosomos, KPMG, Nestle, Fresh Direct, Soka Gakkai, and others.
As a violist, he has performed with Alarm Will Sound, Wordless Music, The Triple Helix Piano Trio, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. He has recorded for Tyondai Braxton (Warp Records), RA The Rugged Man (Nature Sounds), David Liptak (Bridge Records) and Joe Phillips (New Amsterdam Records).
In addition he is in the process of designing and building an electronic viola, for which he won the 2019 David Wessel Prize in Electronic Music Instrument Building at Brooklyn College.
To learn more about Brian Lindgren, please visit his website at brianlindgren.com
or follow his Instagram at @BKLindgren
Rededication week is brought to you by the coalition of participating artists and organizations listed above and with generous support from The Genan Foundation, Ellen Climo & Marc Lipson, Jacqueline Langholtz & William Taylor, and Marlena Simon & Matthew Simon.