Published on December 26, 2013 by Amy
Raven Chacon (born Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation, Arizona, United States, 1977) is an American composer and artist. He is known as a composer of chamber music as well as a solo performer of experimental noise music. As an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, he is a member of the American Indian art collective, Postcommodity, with whom he has developed multi-media installations which have been exhibited internationally.
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Chacon has recorded many works for classical and electronic instruments and ensembles and has had many performances and exhibits of his work across the U.S. as well as in Europe and New Zealand. He has received commissions from the University of Mary Washington and the ERGO Ensemble.
Chacon also performs in the bands Cobra//group, KILT, Tenderizor and Dog Shit Taco. He may also be responsible for the audio-recycling projects of The Kleptones (U.S).
While he was studying music at the California Institute of the Arts, 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.