Maria Chávez


Born in Lima, Peru and based in NYC, Maria Chávez is best known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist and DJ. Chavez’s abstract turntablism work is known for taking the detritus of vinyl and repurposing them into sonic sculptures that can sometimes be compared to improvised musique concrete pieces, or, conceptually, improvised sonic sculpture sessions. Maria is the only turntablist in the world that was performing with a rare double headed needle called the RAKE. Chavez’s 2012 book on abstract turntablism, Of Technique: Chance Procedures on Turntable, written and illustrated by Maria, has developed a reputation as both an academic resource and a foundational text for a new generation of turntablists.
Maria was on the cover of the Wire Magazine, UK (March, 2023) and is also on the cover of the textbook on the History of Experimental & Electronic music by Routledge Publishing.

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