Photo by Larry Coons, 2014
Lauren V Coons is an interdisciplinary composer, performer, and artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lauren synthesizes her unique background in multiple art forms through the composition of intermedia performance pieces which often include instrumental or vocal music, dance, poetry, and visual art within a single work.
She has composed numerous musical works for a broad range of instrumentation, voice, and electronics, many of which incorporate movement, spoken word, and visual art. A strong believer in the power of creativity as a positive means to connect people and share ideas, Lauren has composed works which invite performers and audiences to participate in the creative process either through improvisation, collaborative interpretation of non-traditional notation, or contributing material via social media.
She has composed musical works by invitation from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Orchestra, the University of New Mexico Art Museum, and New Music New Mexico and has had her work performed at the John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium as the recipient of the 2016 Scott Wilkinson Composition Award.
In addition to her background in music, she has studied numerous forms of classical and contemporary dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, hip hop, and African dance for over twenty years. Her body of work also includes musical composition for dance, choreography, composition of movement and sound-based works, and performance in a variety of formal and community contexts.
Lauren's holds a dual concentration Master of Music degree in Music Theory & Composition and Musicology from the University of New Mexico where she specialized in American experimentalism, improvisation and indeterminacy, post-tonal music theory, interdisciplinarity, and social practice art.
Her current work focuses on composition as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange, innovative approaches to improvisation, collaboration, and performance in social and community contexts outside of the concert hall.
Photo: Niccoli Scalice