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Masterclass: Jennifer Butler

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Join us for this masterclass with Canadian composer Jennifer Butler.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Jennifer Butler has studied composition with Glenn Buhr, Peter Hatch, Omar Daniel, Keith Hamel and Brent Lee. In November 2009, Jennifer Butler completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UBC. Her thesis project, Conversations with Silence, is a 50-minute collage theatre piece exploring different aspects of female creativity. This work explores the concept of a feminine aesthetic in music and examines the role gender plays in creating and understanding art. In February 2011 the Victoria Symphony premiered her new work "And Birds Do Sing". Her music has been performed in Canada and the United States by ensembles such as: Continuum Contemporary Music, Nu:BC, the Microscore Project, the Turning Point Ensemble, Standing Wave, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Regina Symphony Players, the Vertical Orchestra, and the Tempest Flute Ensemble. In 2007, Vancouver duo Tiresias recorded "For Dreams of Things that Cannot Be" on their CD Delicate Fires, which was nominated in 2008 for a West Coast Music Award. In 2009, Mark McGregor released his new recording Different Stones, which features Jennifer’s work "Sky". In 2010 Rachel Iwassa released Cosmophony, a large project that brings together the work of eleven Canadian composers writing about the cosmos, including Jennifer’s piece "Neptune".

As both a composer and a performer, Jennifer Butler often collaborates with other artists on multi-disciplinary projects. Since 2002 she has been collaborating with CURV, an experimental interdisciplinary ensemble with composer-performers Kristy Farkas and Marci Rabe. In April 2007, CURV was commissioned by Continuum Contemporary Music (Toronto) to create and perform "20 Silent Words", an hour-long piece incorporating sound, text, movement and image. One of her major artistic influences has been her participation, as composer and performer, during the past ten summers in R. Murray Schafer’s annual interdisciplinary project And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon.

Jennifer is currently the President of the council for the Canadian League of Composers, and is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre. She also sits on the board of directors for Vancouver’s Standing Wave Ensemble and the Redshift Music Society.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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