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Ben McCarroll-Butler

Ben is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer living in Toronto. At NTIM he teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute and theory/improvisation.

A graduate of Humber’s Contemporary Music degree program, Ben is a member of many jazz ensembles including Sonuskapos Jazz Orchestra (SSJO), We Are All and The Near-Distant Ensemble as well as the funk group Bassline and the folk group Decoration Day. Ben leads and co-leads his own groups the Composer’s Collective, the ABC Trio and The Band Named Crow, a large ensemble premiering works based on the surreal novels of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.

With these groups and others, Ben performs regularly on saxophones, clarinets and flute. He has played in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Somewhere There Festival and Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival. In 2013-2014 Ben had the pleasure of touring Southern Ontario, Iowa and Florida with the Toronto All-Star Big Band playing swing music from the 1930’s-50’s.

Ben is also an Artistic Associate with Spectrum Music, a local collective of composers. Spectrum programs 4 themed concerts a year, crossing genre divides, connecting communities and telling compelling musical stories that resonate with audiences. Ben’s writing and arranging has been recognized with the 2016 Ken Page Memorial Trust Award In Memory of Ron Collier, the 2015 Dave Stillwell Arranging Award and the 2015 Spectrum Music ‘New Voices’ Young Composer’s Residency.

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