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.