Raven Chacon

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Raven Chacon
Born December 1977
Fort Defiance, Arizona, United States
Genres Experimental noise music
Occupation(s) Composer, Musician
Years active 2000-present
Website http://www.spiderwebsinthesky.com/

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

Chacon is a member of the American Indian art collective, Postcommodity, with whom he has developed multi-media installations which have been exhibited internationally. His collective and solo work has been presented at Sydney Biennale,[1] Kennedy Center, 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 projects KILT with Bob Bellerue, Mesa Ritual with William Fowler Collins, Endlings with John Dieterich, and collaborations with composers Robert Henke and Thollem McDonas. In 2016, he was commissioned by Kronos Quartet to compose a work for their Fifty For The Future project.[3]

He was a student of James Tenney, Morton Subotnick, Michael Pisaro and Wadada Leo Smith. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has served 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] His composition Double Weaving was premiered by the string quartet ETHEL at the 2014 Grand Canyon Music Festival.[7]

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. Raven Chacon (Navajo) 2014 NACF Music Fellow
  7. ^ ETHEL Celebrates 10 Years of Grand Canyon Residency, Sequenza21.com, by Ralph Farris, October 7th, 2014 [1]
  8. ^ Postcommodity, Alex Waterman and Ociciwan: “in memoriam…”. uh books. 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2018