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This conversation will take the form of a video, with Raven Chacon taking audience questions following the screening. More detailed information to follow when you sign up for the conversation via the Buy Ticket button above.
You can view an exhibition of Raven Chacon's paper scores at Åsane Kulturhus throughout Week 11, and view a recent conceptual score – Dispatch – conceived collaboratively by Raven Chacon and Candice Hopkins projected in Åsane Bibliotek. Hear Raven Chacon performed by BIT20 Ensemble, Sunday 21st March at 8pm, live at Åsane Kulturhus, and online.
Closing Borealis 2021 is a new work for BIT20 Ensemble from composer Raven Chacon. From Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation, USA Chacon cannot travel to be physically here at the festival, but as an artist who straddles worlds of classical composition, improvisation and noise music, his new work could travel through the medium of the score. Taking many different forms, Chacon’s scores have appeared on flags, painted on buildings, as videos, and as roadside billboards, as well as on paper for musicians to play; and often communicate more than just musical material.
For Borealis, drawing on their research for 2019’s Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts that interrogated the question \"How can a score be a call and tool for decolonization?”, Chacon is joined by Carcross/Tagish curator and writer Candice Hopkins and Professor Dylan Robinson, a xwélméxw artist and writer of Stó:lō descent, and the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University. Together they explore the idea of the score, not just as translation devices for sonic ideas but as organising tools and calls to action, visual signifiers and disruptive presences.