Through our New Voices Composer Residency, we have come across some of Toronto’s finest student composers, and we are excited to welcome three of them on board as Spectrum’s first Artistic Associates. Read more about them below!
Emily Denison, University of Toronto
Emily Denison is a trumpet player in Toronto’s jazz and creative music scenes. She is currently studying at the University of Toronto, working towards a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. She can be heard in Toronto and beyond with Ken Aldcroft’s Convergence Ensemble, the Nick Fraser New Quartet, andLuscar, as well as in many spontaneous and freelance performances. Her recent projects as a leader include Phrase Boundary, Really Great Songs, the trio Denison, Ballyk, Davis.
Emily first connected with Spectrum by attending our concerts, and working with some of Spectrum’s members in other musical circles. She also participated in our New Voices Composer Residency in 2016. Emily says: “The aspect of working with Spectrum I’m most excited about is to find out what I don’t know about putting on these types of concerts. The format of presenting music as a collective rather than an individual composer or an established band is totally new to me and I’m interested in how that dynamic exploits its potential to create something greater than a single musical voice could.”
Ben McCarroll-Butler, Humber College
Ben McCarroll-Butler is an active member of the Toronto music scene as a woodwind player, bandleader and composer. Ben is a recognized performer, having played across North America with the Toronto All-Star Big Band and at local venues and festivals including the Beaches Jazz Fest, TD Toronto Jazz Fest, Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival and Somewhere There Creative Music Festival.
On top of his performing experience, Ben is beginning to be recognized for his composing; he was Spectrum Music’s 2015 ‘New Voices’ Composer in Residence, the recipient of Humber College’s Dave Stillwell Arranging Award, and was a featured arranger for Humber’s 2016 visiting professor Larry Goldings.
Ben is a contributing member to the Humber Composer’s Collective and is currently a member of Sonuskapos Jazz Orchestra, Law of Small Numbers and Exit Phrase. Currently in his final year at Humber College, Ben has studied with Pat Labarbera, David Occhipinti, Andy Ballantyne, John MacLeod, Daniel Jamieson and many others. He looks forward to expanding his scope and abilities with the folks at Spectrum.
Ben first connected to Spectrum when he bought his first pro-level saxophone from Ben Dietschi in 2011, and heard him speak about his plans for the first Spectrum concert. Ben is also an alumni of Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School, a local contemporary big band. When asked what he is most excited about with his new role, Ben says: “I’m inspired by the music made and stories told by the Spectrum composers; I welcome the opportunity to see get a glimpse of both their process as artists as well as the nuts-and-bolts know-how required to make these ambitious productions a reality. Here’s to a season of inspiration and growth!”
Mason Victoria, Humber College
Mason Victoria is a Toronto-born composer and trumpeter currently attending Humber College. He has studied composition with prevalent writers such as Daniel Jamieson and John Macleod. Currently, Mason focuses his creative output on managing and composing for the SONUSKAPOS Jazz Orchestra (SSJO), an 18-piece big band that he founded in 2014. As a trumpet player, Mason has studied with many distinguished Canadian jazz musicians such as Alastair Kay, Brian O’Kane, Dave Dunlop, Steve Crowe, and Bruce Cassidy,
Mason discovered Spectrum through attending its New Voices Composer Residency. Since then, Mason has actively aided in Spectrum’s publicity by recording and editing videography of past concerts such as Tracing One Warm Line. He is excited to have his abilities as a director and a composer strengthen the team, and through his ambition and dedication, he cannot wait to help Spectrum continue to flourish through another season.