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Internationally celebrated Navajo composer, Raven Chacon, to be artist-in-residence at Crow’s Shadow


Chamber Orchestra Performance and Art Reception

Raven Chacon

Raven Chacon (Navajo), image courtesy of Crow’s Shadow.

Pendleton, OR — Known for pushing the boundaries of sound and art, Raven Chacon will be the first 2019 artist-in-residence at Crow’s Shadow Institute of Arts. From January 28 through February 17, Chacon will explore another medium: fine printmaking. During his three-week residency, the Navajo composer will partner with Crow’s Shadow’s master printer Judith Baumann to create a new series of prints inspired by his compositional notations.

The completed prints will be on display at the Vert Auditorium, 480 SW Dorion Avenue in Pendleton, on Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17. That evening will be the premiere of Chacon’s new chamber orchestral work commissioned by the Oregon East Symphony. On Sunday, he will perform a matinee reprisal.

Made possible by the generosity of the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights program, this residency and performance will be held in collaboration with the Oregon East Symphony (OES)

Raven Chacon (Navajo Nation) has an extensive résumé as an artist, composer, and performer. In his solo compositional work, he has collaborated with a diverse range of performance-based groups, including Kronos Quartet, the Arizona Opera, and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. From 2007 to 2018 he was a member of Postcommodity, a collaborative arts group known for large scale, multi-media art installations, and performances. Together they produced works such as Repellent Fence and A Very Long Line, exhibiting the results of these projects in venues such as the Whitney Biennial (2017), document 14 (2017), the Denver Art Museum, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, NM. Chacon has an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has served on the Music and Native American Studies faculties at the University of New Mexico.

Sunday, February 16, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Artist reception and Chamber Orchestra Performance
Vert Auditorium, 480 SW Dorion Avenue, Pendleton, OR
Open to the public, $10 suggested donation at the door

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