Jennifer Butler’s music has been described as intimate, resonant, and sonorous. Silence, organic change, layered textures, and holding and releasing tension are important qualities in many of her compositions.
Recent projects include: Uta’s Escape, commissioned by musica intima and uses text taken from Maria Reva’s amazing short story of the same name; holding, written in collaboration with CURV for Toronto’s Thin Edge New Music Collective; held in the hand, for Santoor and String Quartet, commissioned by the Vancouver Inter-cultural orchestra; Stolen Materials Stolen Time, commissioned by Standing Wave; The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls, commissioned by Vancouver New Music; Under Bleak Skies, commissioned by Redshift for Aventa at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre; and Unvanishing, a collaboration with video artist Terry Billings and the Saskatoon Symphony. Upcoming projects include a song cycle for Vancouver’s Onyx Trio with librettist Peter Anderson and a new work for Montreal’s Brady Works.
Jennifer was President of the Canadian League of Composers from 2011-14, and currently sits on the advisory committee for the upcoming World New Music Days 2017, and is a board member for Redshift, Standing Wave, and the Canadian New Music Network. She has been a member of R. Murray Schafer’s Wolf Project since 2000 and is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre.