Jennifer Butler (BC) (2016–2019)

I have attend­ed two CNMN FORUMs, and both expe­ri­ences expand­ed my def­i­n­i­tion of new music in Cana­da, intro­duced me to new-music mak­ers, cura­tors, and thinkers, and con­nect­ed me to the rest of Cana­da in a more pro­found way. At FORUM 2014 in Cal­gary, I pre­sent­ed a facil­i­tat­ed dis­cus­sion titled “Unsi­lenc­ing: Women and their Place in New Music and Sound Art.” This expe­ri­ence led to so many impor­tant dis­cus­sions and opened a win­dow for peo­ple to share their sto­ries that con­tin­ues for me into the present. I believe that the CNMN is such a vital orga­ni­za­tion because of the excit­ing mix of peo­ple it brings togeth­er; there­fore cre­at­ing a won­der­ful venue for impor­tant con­ver­sa­tions in our field that can­not hap­pen in the same way any­where else. One of my objec­tives as a CNMN board mem­ber is to bring more of these dis­cus­sions and top­ics to the fore­front of what we do. My work with the CMC, CLC, and on the advi­so­ry com­mit­tee of the ISCM World New Music Days, has giv­en me knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence that I strive to bring to my work on the CNMN board. 

Jen­nifer But­ler (b. 1976) is a com­pos­er and flutist liv­ing in Van­cou­ver, BC. Silence, organ­ic change, and lay­ered tex­tures are impor­tant qual­i­ties in many of her com­po­si­tions. Jen­nifer com­plet­ed a DMA (2009) and a Master’s degree (2002) in com­po­si­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia. Her prin­ci­ple com­po­si­tion teach­ers include: Glenn Buhr, Peter Hatch, Omar Daniel, Kei­th Hamel and Brent Lee.

Com­mis­sioned, per­formed, and record­ed by out­stand­ing Cana­di­an artists such as the Van­cou­ver Inter­cul­tur­al Orches­tra, The Vic­to­ria Sym­pho­ny, Van­cou­ver New Music, the Thin Edge New Music Col­lec­tive, Stand­ing Wave, l’Ensemble Lunatik, and the Van­cou­ver Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra, Jennifer’s music has been per­formed and broad­cast across Cana­da and in the USA. One of her major artis­tic influ­ences has been her par­tic­i­pa­tion, as com­pos­er and per­former, since 2000 in R. Mur­ray Schafer’s annu­al inter­dis­ci­pli­nary wilder­ness project And Wolf Shall Inher­it the Moon.

Jen­nifer was Pres­i­dent for the coun­cil of the Cana­di­an League of Com­posers from 2011–14 , and cur­rent­ly sits on boards for Vancouver’s Red­shift Music and Stand­ing Wave, as well as her new posi­tion on the board for the CNMN. She is also on the Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee for the upcom­ing ISCM World New Music Days 2017.