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 dramaturge.
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. From 2011-2015 he maintained an ongoing collaboration with Dancemakers in Toronto, where he worked as both a composer and dramaturge. He has contributed to recent performance works by artists and groups such as Small Wooden Shoe, Ame Henderson, Evan Webber, Ellen Furey, Suburban Beast, Meryem Alaoui, Simon Portigal, Julia Male, Benjamin Kamino, Clara Furey, Noemie Solomon / Adam Kinner, urbanvessel.
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).
-To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation, staging the 1970 orchestral work by Pauline Oliveros, a Public Recordings project, 2017
-Noises, publications as part of a childrens sound-art workshop at Toronto Public Library, 2017
-Listening in the Library, youth experimental music project, Scarborough Ontario, 2017
-Listening Choir, sound-walk performance, w/ Adam Kinner, 2015-17
-Satellite, sound installation, 8-11 Gallery, Toronto, 2016
-start very quiet and get very loud, 8-11 publication w/ Christine Sun Kim, and Hildegard Westerkamp, 2016