Naomi McCarroll-Butler

  • July 2
  • 4:45 pm
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove
  • Free

Featuring the world premiere of a new suite of music written by Naomi over her six months as the inaugural TD Toronto Jazz Festival Immersive Artist-in-Residence.

“CHRYSALIS is a project born out of my first years of transitioning: songs of hope for holding on, cries of joy and grief for the love of a suffering community, trance tapestries of woven sound accompanying the alignment of the physical body with the luminant body.”


Made possible in part by the generous support of the Ken Page Memorial Trust



  • Anh Phung
  • flutes
  • Kae Murphy
  • trumpet, sousaphone
  • Nebyu Yohannes
  • trombone
  • Colin Fisher
  • tenor saxophone, drums
  • Naomi McCarroll-Butler
  • alto saxophone, bass clarinet
  • Aysel Taghi-Zada
  • violin
  • Kel Mansaray
  • violin
  • Amahl Arulanandam
  • cello
  • Adrian Russouw
  • bass
  • Roa Lee
  • gayageum
  • Yang Chen
  • percussion, tubulum
  • Racha Moukalled
  • piano
  • Stefan Hegerat
  • drums, percussion

Naomi McCarroll-Butler is a saxophonist, clarinetist, and instrument maker from Toronto. An active collaborator, she works in the cracks between improvised music/free jazz, ‘new music’, drone music, and experimental pop and folk. She is interested the elegance of the overtone series, breathwork in the unique somatic journey of trans and gender-non-conforming people, and the creation of trance environments through drone, repetition and fluid tuning systems.

Naomi plays with Decoration Day, Jeremy Dutcher, Germaine Liu, Juliet Palmer, Mingjia Chen, Labyrinth Ensemble, Dan Pitt Quintet, Alex Fournier, The Queer Songbook Orchestra and many others. Her work as a composer and improviser has been featured by the Canadian Music Centre, Women From Space Festival, The Music Gallery and Guelph Jazz Festival. She has been featured on 20 recordings in the last five years on various woodwinds.

Naomi’s teachers include Jen Shyu, Pat Labarbera, Michael Stuart and Jacob Adler. In 2019 Naomi participated in the Banff Centre’s International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music where she studied with Matana Roberts, Amir El-Saffar, Tyshawn Sorey, Steve Lehman and others. She has also attended workshops in community-engaged arts with Jumblies Theatre, participated in the Toronto Creative Music Lab as a composer and performer and studied modal music with Yasamin Shahhosseini, Tev Stevig and Fausto Sierakowski.