Christopher Willes is an artist, composer, and performance maker based in Toronto. His practice spans a broad range of activities including making music, exhibitions, dance and theatre projects, and writing about contemporary art. Christopher's work explores the act of listening through a variety of sound based projects that move through disciplines and subjects outside of music. Often performance based and informed by an interest in open ended group collaboration, his projects draw on influences from musicology, contemporary dance, the visual arts, and archival based research.
His recent works have been presented at The Art Gallery of Ontario, 8-11 Gallery, the Music Gallery, Summerworks Festival, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, and Cluster Festival. Notable collaborations include a recent book with Hildegard Westerkamp and Christine Sun Kim, a sound walk with Adam Kinner, a play with Small Wooden Shoe (Sound Live Tokyo), and a durational performance with Ame Henderson at The Art Gallery of Ontario.
For the past decade he has been continually active working in contemporary dance as a sound maker and dramaturge. From 2011-2015 he maintained an ongoing collaboration with Dancemakers in Toronto. He is currently part of the Toronto based collective Public Recordings, and works with many independent artists including Ame Henderson, Juliet Palmer, Evan Webber, Benjamin Kamino, Ellen Furey, and Adam Kinner.
In 2016 he received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony (NH USA). In 2017 he will be a resident artist at the Toronto Public Library, as well as winter artist-in-residence at Gibraltar Point, Toronto. He studied music at the University of Toronto, dramaturgy at Dancemakers Centre for Creation, and holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (NY, USA).