American Ledger No. 3 and Three Solos
The New York City premiere of American Ledger No.3 is followed by three solo performances of compositions from For Zitkála-Šá, a series of thirteen graphic scores devoted to the Yankton Dakota writer, musician, and activist Zitkála-Šá (b.1876). The scores are dedicated to—and meant as portraits of—contemporary American Indian, First Nations, and Mestiza women who work with music and sound. (The scores were recently published along with a series of essays by New Documents.)
This event is presented with Triple Canopy, which co-organized the premiere of American Ledger No. 3 last year as part of the exhibition Signaling at KinoSaito, organized by Alexander Provan, the magazine’s editor.
Performers for American Ledger No.3: Chantal Michelle, Riven Ratanavanh, Aeir Ricks, Laura Hughes, Melodie Stancato, Quinn Dixon, Selena Liu, Michelle Hyun Kim, Sam Christopher.
Performers for American Ledger No.3 and Three Solos: Kinlaw, Grace Villamil, Sydney Spann.
As a member of the group Postcommodity from 2009 to 2018, Chacon co-created artworks that were presented at the Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, Carnegie International 57, and, in the case of the two-mile-long installation Repellent Fence (2015), on the border of the United States and Mexico. Since 2004, he has mentored over three hundred Native high school composers in the writing of new string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project (NACAP).
Raven Chacon won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2022 and is the recipient of awards and fellowships from United States Artists, Creative Capital, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the American Academy Berlin, the Bemis Center, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.
Kinlaw is an audio composer, choreographer, and sculptor whose work highlights processes that accommodate and respond to the changing frequencies (i.e., liveness) of space. Their practice includes producing albums, creating live interdisciplinary performance works, building sound-sculptural machines, and teaching all-level vocal and movement workshops.
Kinlaw’s performance works have been presented by museums and institutions including the Museum of Modern Art; MoMA PS1; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the New Museum; Pioneer Works; and Mana Contemporary. In 2022, Kinlaw was a musician-in-residence at Pioneer Works and a member of New Inc. at the New Museum, focusing on Experiments in Art and Technology and psychoacoustical research at Bell Labs.