Christopher Willes is an artist, composer/musician, and researcher working across experimental music, performance, and visual art forms. His activities have included creating large scale concert works, performances, music recordings, exhibitions, publications, collaborating on dance, theatre, and film works, facilitating workshops, critical writing, and curation. He is an associate-artist with the Toronto based collective Public Recordings, and regularly works as a sound-maker and dramaturge within contemporary dance in Canada and abroad.
Christopher's work has been presented in Canada, USA, and in the United Kingdom. Recent presentations have included The Gardiner Museum, The Toronto Public Library, 811 Gallery, Fierce Festival, the Music Gallery, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Studio 303, Dazibao Gallery, and Open Ears Festival. His collaborative work as a sound-maker and dramaturge in contemporary dance include projects with Dancemakers, urbanvessel, Small Wooden Shoe, Public Recordings, Ame Henderson, Clara Furey, Ellen Furey, Simon Portigal, Adam Kinner / Noemie Solomon, Evan Webber, and many others.
Christopher is a recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (Canada), and was a 2016 fellow at the MacDowell Colony (USA). He is currently an affiliated researcher at the Milieux Institute (Montreal), and an artist-in-residence at The Toronto Public Library (2019/20). He studied music at the University of Toronto, and received an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (NY, USA).