Raven Chacon
Albuquerque, NM
2016 USA Fellow

This award was generously made possible by Anonymous.

Raven Chacon is a composer of chamber music, a performer of experimental noise music, and an installation artist. He performs regularly as a solo artist as well as with numerous ensembles in the Southwest USA, and is also a member of the American Indian arts collective Postcommodity. As an educator, Chacon has served as composer-in-residence for the Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP) since 2004, teaching string quartet composition to hundreds of American Indian high school students living on reservations in the Southwest U.S. Under his instruction, this project was awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2011.Chacon has presented his work in different contexts at Vancouver Art Gallery, ABC No Rio, REDCAT, La Biennale di Venezia – Biennale Musica, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney, and The Kennedy Center among other traditional and non-traditional venues.

Portrait photo courtesy the artist.
  • Artwork by Raven Chacon
    Score excerpt from The Journey Of The Horizontal People, 2016, commissioned for Kronos Quartet.
  • Artwork by Raven Chacon
    While Contemplating Their Fate in the Stars, the Twins Surround the Enemy, Installation with two finches, cage and theremin, 2003
  • Artwork by Raven Chacon
    Photo by Wild Don Lewis, courtesy of the artist
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