Immersive Artist-In-Residence

The Immersive Artist-in-Residence program is an initiative created by Toronto Downtown Jazz, producers of the annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival, through which one or two emerging and/or mid-career artists are paid a monthly stipend to develop a new project, contribute to audience outreach and engagement activity, and prepare for a Festival performance.

Naomi McCarroll-Butler

is the 2022 TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Immersive Artist-in-Residence

Over the last five months, Naomi has been creating an instrumental suite of music for a 15-piece ensemble of improvisers playing various horns, strings, synthesizers and percussion. Inspired by the large ensembles of Alice Coltrane, Matana Roberts, Charles Mingus, Hafez Modirzadeh and Amir El Saffar, the music will combine elements of through-composition with improvisation from the various idioms of the performers.

Naomi is a saxophonist, clarinetist, and instrument maker living in Toronto. An active collaborator, she walks in the cracks between improvised music / free jazz, 'new music’, drone and experimental pop and folk. Here is a taste:
As part of the Residency, the public has been invited behind the scenes of Naomi's creative process through live-streaming, public workshops and open rehearsals.

Naomi + ensemble will premiere the new suite of music LIVE at the 2022 TD Toronto Jazz Festival

July 2nd  4:45 pm

TD Main Stage – OLG Grove

Artists-in-Residence Selection

Naomi was selected from an outstanding array of submissions by a panel of local music specialists:

Dani Elwell
Broadcaster and award winning programmer
Creative Strategist for JAZZ.FM91

Chris Wilson
Previous Talent Booker and Music Programmer for The Drake Hotel, assembling and managing an innovative, diverse and attractive year-round program of high-quality music. Currently working as a Creative Producer for Somewherelse.

Jon Campbell
Works on live events, strategy, the Global Toronto conference/showcase, eMERGEnce artist-development program, and more with Small World Music.

More Info

For more information about the Immersive Artist-in-Residence program please contact:

Josh Grossman
Artistic Director