Todd Harper is a composer/performer from St. Paul Minnesota. He grew up hanging out in the woods and on lakes, and this connection follows Harper to this day. While he took piano lessons for a while and sang in choirs as a youth, things really opened up when he started to hear ecstatic jazz. ( 1978) Harper returned to the piano, and despite knowing little theory began writing for his free jazz group. Since then, he has been polishing his skills. Harper has written for his own combos, as well as for established ensembles. Most of his early works were written for small jazz combos, soon he began working with thematic forms . Harper has collaborated with dancers, spoken word artists,video artists in a variety of contexts. In the late 90’s Harper went to study vocal pedagogy. This lead to writing for voice, and setting texts.