Todd Harper connects many art forms through his music, which ranges from lyric free jazz, to folkoric waltzes, art songs/orations, to new chamber works. Harper creates ensembles that play his works. They are usually about Nature. Call it “Musical Ecology”
Music and Nature have always been intertwined. This isn’t just in subject matter, but in process as well. More on that later.
I had the transformative experience of encountering a visionary musical mentor, Carei Thomas , when I was 20 and completely unsure of myself. Through our connection in 1978, I have been able grow my musical/artistic life. More on that as well.
In this critical time in human history, encouraging music is needed more now than ever. The solution to all our problems are not going to come through technology, government, or other linear ways. We need to life our spirit. This doesn’t mean we ignore pain, sadness, rage; we can take these experiences and transform. I want my music to be able to do that.
Oh yes, I play piano in jazz and other contexts, and compose music for improvisors and readers. Now I would rather watch birds than go fly fishing. I retired from elementary school teaching.
What I Do
• Curate musical events
•Use visual arts and spoken word in music
•Collaborate with artists of other mediums
• Compose for performers and ensembles