CHRIS CHALFANT - PRODUCER, DIRECTOR COMPOSER, ALTO (VOICE), PIANO
In 2001 I Founded the Lifetime Visions Orchestra which I co-direct with Joseph Jarman. The LVO recently returned from performing at the Nancy (France) Pulsations Jazz Festival with great acclaim from Les Republican. I have directed the American Women Composers Marathon (Boston), and the Festival of Women Improvisors - Boston. I have been composing award-winning music since age 16, including Portraits for the Louisville National Composers Competition (Merit Finalist). I have written extensively for many different instrumental and vocal combinations, as well as poetry, theatre, dance, live painting and multimedia. From 1986-1992 I was pianist and singer for the Longy Improvisation Ensemble. My work in the 80's was greatly influenced from the work of Meredith Monk and my workshop experience with Pauline Oliveros. In 1992, I was fortunate to have a residency at the Atlantic Center with Joan LaBarbara and Morton Subotnick.
My meetings with Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Steve Lacy, Joseph Jarman, and Reggie Workman, mostly in 1990 were key to shaping my path in writing creative music. In 1991 I arranged Mother Courage with Reggie Workman and co-composed Ballade for bass and piano with him. As a result of my work and studies with Joseph Jarman in Aikido, Buddhism and healing and music projects, I have committed myself to working with the healing power of music. In addition to the LVO project, I work with the Dojo Band and have created and implemented the Sonic Meditations Retreat since 2001 in conjunction with Joseph Jarman and the Brooklyn Buddhist Association.