Plainsong by Raven Chacon at AKA

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Plainsong by Raven Chacon

November and December
Curated by Tarin Dehod

Performance Saturday, November 7, 10am
with Doreen Girard on flute, Erica McFadden vocals, Darren Miller on accordion, Lyin Mya on saxophone, respectfulchild on omnichord, Cassandra Stinn on flute
Livestream production by The Get Up SK

Plainsong is a large format outdoor score displayed on the front of a building, presenting musical staves and noteheads of various sizes. While producing long-sustaining tones on any instrument, musicians move to discrete (near or distanced) positions in order to navigate through the score. Plainsong does not have clear beginnings or endings; a performance of tones appearing as a slow-paced interruption in the day.

On November 7, at 10am musicians will perform Plainsong on the street facing AKA artist-run. To witness the performance join us in person on 20th Street between Avenue D and Avenue E, or watch on livestream.

Plainsong can be read or played throughout the duration of the installation. Chacon’s instructions are available on the exterior of AKA and online.


Raven Chacon is a composer, performer and sound artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist or as a previous member of Postcommodity, Chacon has exhibited or performed at Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, The Renaissance Society, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Ende Tymes Festival, Sydney Biennial, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and The Kennedy Center. He is the recipient of the United States Artists fellowship in Music, The Creative Capital award in Visual Arts, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation artist fellowship, and the American Academy’s Berlin Prize for Music Composition. He lives in Albuquerque, NM

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