Christopher Willes is a Tkaronto/Toronto based artist working in the intersections of music, performance, and the visual arts. His projects include concert works, performances, exhibitions, publications, dance and theatre collaborations, and curatorial activities. He is an associate artist with the Toronto based collective Public Recordings, and often works with choreographers and dance artists as a sound maker and dramaturg.
Christopher's projects have been presented in Canada, USA, and in the UK. Recent activities include presentations at The Gardiner Museum, The Toronto Public Library, 8-11 Gallery, Fierce Festival, the Music Gallery, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Studio 303, and Tangente. He is the co-creator of the publication start very quiet and get very loud (published by 8-11 Gallery, 2016) with sound ecologist Hildegard Westerkamp and artist Christine Sun Kim, and an iterative sound walk, Listening Choir (2015) with artist and musician Adam Kinner. As artist-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2017 Christopher developed an experimental music performance with local teenagers in Scarborough. He is currently developing a site-specific performance with Public Recordings, staging the 1970 orchestral work by Pauline Oliveros entitled To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation.
From 2011-2015 he maintained an ongoing collaboration with Dancemakers in Toronto, where he worked as both a composer and dramaturge. More recently he has contributed to performance works by artists and companies such as urbanvessel, Ame Henderson, Evan Webber, Ellen Furey, Meryem Alaoui, Simon Portigal, Julia Male, Benjamin Kamino, Clara Furey, Noemie Solomon / Adam Kinner.
In 2016 Christopher was a recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and a fellow at the MacDowell Colony (NH USA). He studied music at the University of Toronto, received an MFA from Bard College (NY, USA).