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The Nature of Music:
Common Ground featuring Raven Chacon (Q&A)

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Item Type: Video Duration: 43 min
Event Type: Interview Program Origin: Other Minds

The Nature of Music: Common Ground featuring Raven Chacon

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 7:00pm

Goldman Theater, David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

This is a post-performance conversation led by Charles Amirkhanian.

Presented by Other Minds and the David Brower Center on the closing night of the Brower Center’s exhibition “Common Ground: A Celebration of Our National Parks”.

Conversation with Raven Chacon and Charles Amirkhanian

Raven Chacon (born Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation, Arizona, USA) 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. He is also a member of the American Indian art collective Postcommodity.

Chacon’s work explores sounds of acoustic handmade instruments overdriven through electric systems and the direct and indirect audio feedback responses from their interactions. He was a student of many notable teachers, including James Tenney, Wadada Leo Smith, Morton Subotnick, and Michael Pisaro.

Recent and ongoing collaborations are projects with Bob Bellerue (Kilt), William Fowler Collins (Mesa Ritual), John Dieterich (Summer Assassins), Robert Henke, Thollem McDonas, and the ETHEL quartet (Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project).

Chacon has presented his work in different contexts at Vancouver Art Gallery, ABC No Rio, REDCAT, Biennale of Sydney, Canyon DeChelly, Adelaide Festival, Ende Tymes Festival and The Kennedy Center.

He lives and works in Albuquerque, NM.

[Notes taken from printed program.]

Genres:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic; Field Recordings
Subject:  Noise music; Electronic music; Navajo artists
People:  Chacon, Raven; Amirkhanian, Charles
Recording Date:  09/07/2016
 
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