April 1 –
June 30, 2021
Raven Chacon: Radio Coyote
2020-2021 Capp St Artist-in-Residence

Tune into radiocoyote.org or 88.1 FM (in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood) from April 1 to June 30, 2021.

Live performance launch event: April 1, 12 pm PST




When writing a score, a musician is making music but is also giving music. As a set of prompts, guidelines, or instructions, a score comes alive when it is read and interpreted, and, as such, it’s a language that begets others languages — it doesn’t tell people what to think as much as it asks to be transformed into something else. It’s a way to provide direction in the form of a question.

When conceived as a score, an artistic gesture doesn’t extract, it only pollinates. Like a renewable form of energy, it gives back more than it takes.

On the occasion of his residency, Diné composer, performer, and installation artist Raven Chacon turns the Wattis website into a radio station and evolving soundscape. A 24/7 live audio stream, titled Radio Coyote, conceived entirely by the artist and guest collaborators.

Radio Coyote reflects Raven Chacon’s long history of collaborative projects. Guest DJs include many of his frequent collaborators, including local and non-local musicians, composers, artists, and educators Zachary James Watkins, Mark Trecka, Michael Begay, A. Smiley, and Ginger Dunnill. Programming includes experimental music sets, archival lectures and recordings, interviews, and improvisational content. The programming schedule is updated weekly at radiocoyote.org.

(continue reading full curatorial essay here)

Raven Chacon (b. 1977, Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation, Arizona) lives and works in Albuquerque, NM. His residency is curated by Anthony Huberman and is supported by the Wattis Foundation. Radio Coyote is organized and produced by Diego Villalobos.

Read more about the Capp St Artist-in-Residency here.
See past Capp St Artists-in-Residence here.