Christopher Willes is an artist, composer/musician, and performance maker based in Toronto, and an associate artist with the performance collective Public Recordings. His practice spans a broad range of activities including making music, exhibitions, dance and theatre projects, printed materials, curation, and writing about contemporary art. Often performance based and intently collaborative, his work draws on influences from musicology, contemporary dance, experimental music, and archival research.
His recent projects have been presented at The Art Gallery of Ontario, 8-11 Gallery, the Music Gallery, Summerworks Festival, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Studio 303, 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. Recent collaborations include works with Ame Henderson, Juliet Palmer/urbanvessel, Evan Webber, Benjamin Kamino, Ellen Furey, Simon Portigal, Clara Furey/Par B.L.eux, Noemie Solomon and Adam Kinner.
In 2016 he received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony (NH USA). In 2017 he is a resident artist at the Toronto Public Library, as well a 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).