CHRISTOPHER BUTTERFIELD

Christopher Butterfield was born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1952. As a boy he sang in Kings College Choir, Cambridge, UK. Deciding to be a composer, he studied with Rudolf Komorous in Victoria, BC, and Bülent Arel in Stony Brook, NY. From 1977 to 1992 he lived in Toronto and Montreal, where he played in the rock band Klo, and gave performances of sound poetry and performance art (he is noted for his performances of Kurt Schwitters legendary sound poem Ursonata). Since 1992 he has taught composition at the University of Victoria. Choreographers he has worked with include Bill Coleman and Bill T. Jones. His translations of three plays by Paris Dada Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes were published by Wakefield Press in 2015. In 2016 Collection QB released Trip, a cd of his music for strings performed by Montreal Quatuor Bozzini. Butterfield’s sound installation Room for Mystics, a collaboration with visual artist Sandra Meigs, opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, in October 2017.

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