Arraymusic, The Music Gallery, and Native Women In The Arts present
Raven Chacon Mini-Festival
Friday – Sunday
04.12 – 14.14
Laura Ortman – Suzanne Kite
Cheryl L’Hirondelle – C_RL
Olivia Shortt – Carmina Escobar
We are 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.
Arraymusic is a music producer and presenter company. Arraymusic’s foundation is the The Array Ensemble, one of Canada’s premiere chamber groups. It has promoted and celebrated contemporary music for 40 years. The current ensemble, under the direction of David Schotzko is a collective of musicians that varies to suit the nature of the music being presented. Array gives musical artists and diverse audiences vital opportunities to explore the landscape of new Canadian and International music, enjoy its concerts, experiments and collaborations.
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 Kite, Laura 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. Raven Chacon closes the night in a much anticipated live set.
Festival pass $30