Born in Lima, Peru, and based in NYC, Maria Chávez is best known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist and DJ.
Chávez has been a research fellow of the Sound Practice Research Department, Goldsmith’s University, a composer fellow with Civitella Ranieri in Umbertide, Italy, and an artist fellow at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. Her instructional book of essays and illustrations, OF TECHNIQUE: Chance Procedures on Turntable, was published in 2012. She has participated in various artist residencies including the CEC Artslink/Back Apartment residency in St. Petersburg, Kunstmeile Krems sound artist residency in Austria, The Kitchen in New York and the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at HeK – haus der elektronischen Künste-Basel, INKONST Art Center, Sweden, The Judd Foundation, Marfa, Texas, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Getty Museum, Black Mountain College Museum, Asheville, NC and Documenta14 in Kassel.
Chávez teaches workshops introducing students to her turntable practice all over the world, as well as presenting lectures on sound art, improvisation and multi-channel speaker installation practice. She has also shared her expansive music collection alongside iconic electronic musicians such as Simian Mobile Disco, POWELL, Rick Wade, Francois K, Beatrice Dillon and others.
At Loop, Maria Chavez will lead a workshop on Abstract Turntablism, making new music by cutting, scoring, manipulating and layering old vinyl records.