raven chacon mini-fest

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Arraymusic, The Music Gallery, and Native Women In The Arts present
Raven Chacon Mini-Festival

Friday – Sunday
04.12 – 14.14

The Music Gallery is pleased to team up with Arraymusic once again together alongside Native Women In The Arts to present the Raven Chacon mini-festival featuring the world premiere of For Zitkála-Šá, dedicated to the first American Indian librettist.

Originally from the Navajo Nation, Raven Chacon, born in 1977, 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 and beyond, and was a long-time member of the Indigenous 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.

On Friday night, the Array ensemble takes on a selection of Chacon’s chamber works including a newly commissioned work.

Native Women In The Arts co-presents Saturday night’s For Zitkála-Šá, dedicated to the Dakota violin teacher, activist, and librettist for The Sun Dance Opera, (1913), the first American Indian opera. Each composition is custom written for an Indigenous woman currently working in contemporary music performance or composition: Suzanne KiteLaura Ortman, Carmina Escobar and Cheryl L’Hirondelle. The evening also features Raven collaborating with the caustic improvisation of c_RL(Allison Cameron, Nicole Rampersaud, and Germaine Liu).

On Sunday, Anishinaabe-irish (Nipissing First Nation) saxophonist Olivia Shortt (Stereoscope Duo, Dialectica) opens the show with an intensely wide-ranging approach to her instrument.

Festival pass $30