Raven Chacon

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Raven Chacon
BornDecember 1977 (age 41)
Fort Defiance, Arizona, United States
GenresExperimental noise music
Occupation(s)Composer, Musician
Years active2000-present

Raven Chacon (born December 1977 in Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation, Arizona, United States) is a Diné composer and artist. He is known as a composer of chamber music as well as a solo performer of noise music. He is one of the most profiled Native Americans currently working in either genre.


Chacon was a student of James Tenney, Morton Subotnick, Michael Pisaro and Wadada Leo Smith.

Chacon was a member of the American Indian art collective, Postcommodity, with whom he has developed multimedia installations which have been exhibited internationally. His collective and solo work has been presented at Sydney Biennale,[1] Kennedy Center, documenta, Adelaide International, Vancouver Art Gallery, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, The San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, and Performance Today.[2]

Chacon also performs in the groups KILT with Bob Bellerue, Mesa Ritual with William Fowler Collins, Endlings with John Dieterich, and collaborations with Laura Ortman. In 2016, he was commissioned by Kronos Quartet to compose a work for their Fifty For The Future project.[3]

Chacon serves as Composer-in-Residence with the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project.[4] In 2012 he was awarded a Creative Capital[5] Visual Arts grant. In 2014, he was honored with a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship in Music.[6] In 2018, Chacon was awarded the Berlin Prize by the American Academy in Berlin.[7]


Chacon lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is married to Candice Hopkins, a Tagish curator. His sister Nani Chacon is a muralist.

Partial discography[edit]

  • (w/ OvO) Crisalide Fossile (Bronson, 2016)
  • (w/ Postcommodity) Your New Age Dream Contains More Blood Than You Can Imagine 12"LP (Anarchymoon, 2011)
  • (w/ Bob Bellerue) Kitchen Sorcery (Prison Tatt Records, 2011)
  • At The Point Where The Rivers Crossed, We Drew Our Knives 12"LP (Anarchymoon, 2010)
  • Black Streaked Hum (Lightning Speak/Featherspines, 2009)
  • Overheard Songs (Innova, 2006)
  • (split w/ Torturing Nurse) The Incredible 17000 km Split (8K Mob, 2006)
  • (w/ Jeff Gburek) Jesus Was A Wino (Herbal Records, 2005)
  • Still/life (Sicksicksick, 2004)
  • (as The Kleptones) Meet the Beatless, (Sicksicksick, 2003)


External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/823194/top-5-videos-celebrating-the-2012-sydney-biennale
  2. ^ http://performancetoday.publicradio.org/features/2010/music_that_matters/composing_on_the_reservation.shtml
  3. ^ http://www.kronosquartet.org/fifty-for-the-future/composers/raven-chacon
  4. ^ http://arts.gov/art-works/2011/native-american-composers-apprenticeship-project-gives-students-voice
  5. ^ http://creative-capital.org/grantees/view/602/project:718
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2014-05-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Raven Chacon (Navajo) 2014 NACF Music Fellow
  7. ^ https://www.americanacademy.de/person/raven-chacon/
  8. ^ Postcommodity, Alex Waterman and Ociciwan: “in memoriam…”. uh books. 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2018