Raven Chacon and Guillermo Galindo’s collaborative performance activated amplified objects, drawing on Indigenous and Mexican symbology and ritual items, as well as a long history of American experimental music stemming from John Cage and subsequent composers.
For their concert at Western Front, the artists performed two thirty-minute sets that experimented with a combination of commercial and homemade electronic instruments, including various pedals, contact microphones, radios, found objects, woodwind instruments, and circuit bent toys. Facing each other across a table in the round, Chacon and Galindo’s improvisation layered samples and distorted loops, bridging worlds of contemporary sound art, acoustic composition, and noise.
A livestream of the concert was available on Vimeo. The performance was framed by a conversation between Chacon, Galindo, and Kate Woolf titled “Sound, Silence, and Process,” presented in 2020 as part of Fillip’s ongoing Means of Production workshop series. A transcript of the conversation was made available on Fillip’s website.
Presented by Fillip in partnership with Western Front, and with the support of the Government of Canada and SOCAN Foundation.
Concert by Raven Chacon and Guillermo Galindo, video documentation, Oct 6, 2022. 1 hr. 30 min. 44 sec. Camera by Qiuli Wu.