Christopher Reiche is a performer, composer and instructor living in Victoria, British Columbia. He graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2006 having studied composition with Linda C. Smith and Peter Hatch and piano with Anya Alexeyev. He then went on to Victoria British Columbia where he completed his Masters of Music in composition with Christopher Butterfield and Anna Höstmann. In 2011, he participated in the CMC and CLC composer mentoring program situated in Vancouver, BC and in 2012, CO:LAB, sponsored by the CMC and The Dance Centre.
His compositions range from solo works to works for larger ensembles. His works have been performed by the Quatuor Bozzini, The Vancouver Miniaturist Ensemble, the Aventa Ensemble, Michael Strutt and Eric Wilson, and the orkest de ereprijs. In 2011 Redshift and the Negative Zed Ensemble premiered his work Communicating Vessels at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In his music he uses subtlety to explore the interplay between stasis and motion through the use planes of sound. He is also currently interested in the interplay between musicians and tries to write scores that encourages the musicians to interact with one another as opposed to just interacting with the score in front of them. This can be seen by his work Construct written for the Aventa Ensemble’s workshop in 2011
Christopher is a founding member of LaSaM (a group of composers and performers dedicated to collaborative creative techniques formed in 2008) and continued performing with them until 2011. In 2009 he directed their production Nosferatu’s Shadow in which LaSaM accompanied FW Murnau’s film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror. He was also invited to perform in the premiere of Margaret Ashburner’s They Let Their Brushstrokes Show held at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
From 2008 to 2012 he held the position of sessional lecturer for MUS 101B (The language of Music) at the University of Victoria during the winter session. Other musical activities include substitute Organist and Choir Director at Centennial United Church in Victoria BC, and a piano teacher at Minstrel’s Conservatory of Music and Brentwood College. As a music teacher, he has experience working musically with children and adults of all ages and is foremost concerned with broadening his student’s musical abilities and horizons while instilling a love of all music.
In Victoria, Christopher is also a member of the Victoria Phongrapher’s Union(a group that creates music using only field recordings), and has performed at Jamie Drouin’s and Lance Olson’s Sounds in a Room series. Christopher is a frequent performer at A Place to Listen, a “listening” series that highlights the works of the Wandelweiser composer collective and evokes a heightened listening experience. This past summer he also performed and helped create pieces for The Glass Tables CD: “Lodge N˚1”
Since September 2011, Christopher has been working as the New Music Coordinator at Open Space Arts Society where is responsible for producing and coordinating their contemporary music series.
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