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Jennifer Butler: Biography

Jennifer Butler
1976 -
Region: British Columbia

Jennifer Butler

Jennifer Butler’s music has been described as intimate, resonant, and sonorous. Silence, holding and releasing tension, and layered colours and textures are important qualities in many of her compositions.

Her music has been performed across Canada and in the USA by outstanding ensembles and producers such as the Vertical Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, the Western Front (Vancouver), l’Ensemble Lunatik (Quebec City), Arraymusic (Toronto), the Microscore Project (Los Angeles), Continuum Contemporary Music (Toronto), Nu:BC (Vancouver), and Tiresias (Vancouver).

Recent projects include: Stolen Materials Stolen Time, commissioned by Vancouver’s Standing Wave Ensemble; The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls, commissioned by Vancouver New Music; Under Bleak Skies, commissioned by Redshift for the Aventa Ensemble, and performed again at the VSO’s inaugural new music festival; Unvanishing, a collaboration with video artist Terry Billings and the Saskatoon Symphony Players; and Confluence, a choral piece written with poet Rae Crossman especially for R. Murray Schafer on his 80th birthday. Upcoming projects include new works for the Vancouver Inter-cultural Orchestra and the Onyx Trio.

In 2009, Jennifer completed Doctoral studies at UBC. Her thesis composition explored the concept of a feminine aesthetic in music and examined the role gender plays in creating and understanding art. She was the President of the Canadian League of Composers from 2011-14, has been an active member of R. Murray Schafer’s Wolf Project since 2000, and is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre. For more information visit: www.jenniferbutler.ca

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