Spectrum Music is pleased to announced that Ben McCarroll-Butler has been selected as the 2015 New Voices Composer in Residence. Ben will mentor with Spectrum Education Programs Manager Daniel Jamieson to produce a work for our May 29th concert. We’re excited to work with him and look forward to hearing his new piece.
Ben McCarroll-Butler is an emerging saxophonist and composer currently based in Toronto, Canada. Currently in his third year at Humber College for a Bachelor of Contemporary Music, Ben has always loved creating: from the age of eight he would experiment with singing, piano, kalimba, guitar, and various woodwind instruments, all the while writing music to articulate the beauty and mystery he saw in the world around him. When he was twelve years old Ben first picked up a tenor saxophone and he has been on an explorative and creative journey ever since. His current music is best classified as Chamber Jazz, as it aims to expand and integrate elements of contemporary classical music, folk musics and classical Indian raga while maintaining strong roots in the jazz tradition. Ben runs a 13-piece large ensemble that plays his original compositions.
As well as his large ensemble work as a bandleader, Ben is a regular member of a number of Toronto-based bands including Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School and Mason Victoria’s Sonuskapos. He can be heard on the Socialist Night School’s self-titled album. Ben has also played and toured extensively with the Toronto All-Star Big Band, where he has shared the stage with Jackie Richardson and Ernesto Cervini. Ben looks forward to the future, with plans of travelling to New Delhi to teach Western music theory and notation while immersing himself in the tradition of classical Indian music.