Monday, November 20, 2006

Artist Profile: KILT

KILT (Chinle, AZ): NanoHz No.5

KILT = Raven Chacon and Bob Bellerue (with help from Sandor Finta sometimes
Originally from Chinle, AZ on the Navajo reservation, Raven Chacon is one of the few American Indian composers working in the world today. His work ranges from quiet, almost silent music for classical chamber instruments and ensembles to solo noise performances involving devices created by Chacon himself. His pieces and installations have been performed and exhibited in across U.S. as well as Europe, Canada and New Zealand. He has also studied and worked with notable composers such as James Tenney, Morton Subotnick, Wadada Leo Smith and Glenn Branca and has received commissions from the University of Mary Washington and the ERGO Ensemble. Recent projects of Chacon include performing in the west coast noise trio KILT, and in the Albuquerque ensemble Cobra//group. Past projects have included the audio-recycling music of The Kleptones (U.S), founding the all-Native American experimental group Modernativensemble, and playing in Los Angeles noise band, Dog Shit Taco, as well as numerous ensembles in the Southwest experimental scene. The recently released full-length disc, Overheard Songs is available on Innova Recordings. KILT has several recordings available, including the "Snow White In Hell" LP, and "Sharp Dark Love" 3" on EMR. Chacon has an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (2003), and is currently a faculty at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He lives anywhere between Los Angeles, California and Albuquerque, NM.

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