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Raven Chacon

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Raven Chacon


Raven Chacon (b. December 1977, Fort Defiance, in the Navajo Nation in Arizona) is a Native American (Diné) composer of chamber music, as well as a solo performer of noise music.

Chacon attended the California Institute of the Arts, where he received an MFA in music composition. He was a student of James Tenney, Morton Subotnick, Michael Pisaro and Wadada Leo Smith.

As a solo artist, collaborator, or with Postcommodity, Chacon has exhibited or performed at Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, REDCAT, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Borealis Festival, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney, and The Kennedy Center. Every year, he teaches 20 students to write string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project (NACAP).

He is the recipient of the United States Artists fellowship in Music, The Creative Capital award in Visual Arts, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation artist fellowship, the American Academy’s Berlin Prize for Music Composition, and the Pew Fellowship. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chacon was awarded the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in music for Voiceless Mass for organ and ensemble.

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