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2012 Workshop Series

Workshop 3:

Composition Now

Presented by Christopher Butterfield (BC)

Saskatoon: April 16 & 17, 7-9:30 pm – PAVED Arts, 424 20th St. West

Regina: April 19 & 20, 7-9:30 pm – Neutral Ground, 1856 Scarth St.

Pay What You Can

 As composers, what do we do now? Why.

How do we do it? Why.

Where do we do it? Why.

Who are we doing it for? Why.

What do we do it with? Why.

Who do we do it with? Why.

What do we do with it? Why.

Does it need electricity? Why.

Do we have to write it down? Why?

 Victoria based composer and teacher Christopher Butterfield will lead a two-day workshop that looks at all these questions, trying to clarify them and perhaps even find answers. Please bring all possible sound-producing devices, electrically powered or not. For more information or to register, please contact

About the Artist

Christopher Butterfield lives on Vancouver Island, where he teaches composition at the University of Victoria. In the coming months he’ll be singing Socrate, by Erik Satie; mentoring the Arraymusic Young Composers Workshop; attending the premiere of his complete settings for Continuum of Contes pour enfants pas sages; translating Théatre, a collection of three plays by Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes; and guest curating a small show for John Cage’s centennial at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Compositional work in progress includes a piece for solo percussion and ensemble, for Rick Sacks and Aventa Ensemble, and the never-ending piano trio Madame Wu said… He just returned from ten days in the Netherlands, where he was a judge for the Gaudeamus International Composers Award in Utrecht, and a mentor at the Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn.

About Holophon

Holophon Audio Arts is a non-profit organization operating out of Regina, Saskatchewan. Since 2008 Holophon has organized concerts and workshops in Regina and Saskatoon in a variety of venues, showcasing approaches to sound-as-art from guest curators representing a diverse range of artistic communities. We are an enthusiastic and creative audio-arts organization that looks for ways to unite music, film, dance, visual, literary/poetry, and digital artistic disciplines under the umbrella of “sound”.

Our goal is to develop a culture of sound and listening in Saskatchewan, encouraging, educating and promoting sound-based artistic practices.

For more information on Holophon Audio Arts, please visit

These workshops are made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.