Raven Chacon, composer


Raven Chacon

Featured work: Quiver for solo cello (February 22)

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

As a solo artist, collaborator, or with Postcommodity, Chacon has exhibited or performed at Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, REDCAT, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, 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, and the American Academy’s Berlin Prize for Music Composition.

Chacon lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is married to Candice Hopkins, a Tagish curator. His sister Nani Chacon is a muralist.