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Chachi Carvalho: LOCAL TRAFFIC

September 2023 - July 2024
A long-term building of connections between students, faculty, surrounding communities, and a global network of artists and producers through music.

An Artistic Innovators Residency

Establishing connections in community: September 2023 - July 2024

Artist, educator, and activist Chachi Carvalho hosts a collaborative residency highlighting his impactful work as an arts leader in Rhode Island, a multitude of talented local artists, and providing space for pro“fresh”ional development within the local music community. By bringing a local cohort of artists together to perform with and learn from celebrated global artists in the new Lindemann Performing Arts Center, Carvalho and BAI endeavor to establish connections between students, faculty, a global network of artists and producers, and the local community.

Beyond his work in music, Carvalho has done extensive work with the youth community, volunteering as a football coach for over fourteen years at his alma mater Shea High School, and serving as a brand ambassador for the Transform Rhode Island Scholarships. In 2018, Carvalho founded Culture Shock, an annual music festival and community celebration, hosted annually in downtown Pawtucket.  In 2023, Carvalho was hired as the first Chief Equity Officer for the city of Pawtucket.

“ I look forward to gathering an amazing cohort of both local and international artists, and showing our little state how small the world really is. ”

Chachi Carvalho

A Glimpse into the Artist's Practice

A Residency in Four Parts

PART 1: Sound Check

September 20, 2023
The Lindemann Performing Arts Center, Main Hall

The press image for Sound Check, featuring a black and white photo of Nelson FreitasSound Check was the final tuning event of the brand-new Lindemann Performing Arts Center at Brown University before it officially opened to the public in October, 2023. The concert featured Nelson Freitas, an internationally recognized recording artist who is among one of the top selling and most popular artists in Europe and Africa, along with DJ Dymand, and was opened by local favorites Chachi Carvalho and the International Players.

PART 2: From the Ground Up

September 23, 2023
The Lindemann Performing Arts Center

Chachi Carvalho on stage with a screen behind himA celebration honoring and highlighting the workers, companies, and labor unions who built The Lindemann Performing Arts Center. The event was MC’ed by Chachi Carvalho and DJ Vertygo.

PART 3: Cypher Academy

July 10-12, 2024
The Lindemann Performing Arts Center, Main Hall, and other locations
By invitation

Logo of Cypher AcademyThe Pro“fresh”ional Development day camp invites local artists to join facilitated gatherings on topics relevant to their professional futures, including discussions on music business, supporting artist mental health, activating studio spaces, and technical focus, among others.  Facilitators include Chachi Carvalho, Edgar “Vertygo” Cruz, Jason Almeida aka WHERE’S NASTY, and Swurl.

PART 4: Global C.A.F.E.

July 13, 2024
The Lindemann Performing Arts Center, Main Hall, Lobby, and outdoor Tribune
Free and open to the public (reservations recommended)

Global C.A.F.E. Design

Global C.A.F.E. is a concert experience “Celebrating Art From Everywhere” in collaboration with musicians, dancers, and DJs celebrating hip-hop, Afro house, Cape Verdean, and Brazilian music.

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About the Artist

Chachi Carvalho in a jean jacketChachi Carvalho is a multi-talented artist, educator, coach, and activist who comes from a long line of musicians and singers. He is a native born and raised Rhode Islander with roots that stem from the island of Cabo Verde. Throughout his career he has won acclaim from Vibe Magazine in its round up of the best MC’s state to state, and he was a two-time winner of the Wild Out Wednesday competition on BET’s 106 & Park. He is locally recognized for community advocacy, education and youth empowerment. He is the co-owner of Beat Box Studio, founder and artistic director of the Culture Shock Music Festival - a staple in the local music scene and hub for creative expression in Rhode Island, and a loving husband and father. During the day he serves as the first Chief Equity Officer for the city of Pawtucket.

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Brown Arts’ IGNITE Series uplifts the spirit of artistic collaboration across Brown, Providence, the Rhode Island region, and beyond. Ignite your creative curiosity through this multi-year series of programs, activations, interventions, and investigations.