Todd Coleman presents creative work as guest composer at two universities

Coleman, associate professor of music production and recording arts, gave presentations on his music at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University this week focusing on his interdisciplinary artwork titled "Exquisite Corpse."

At the invitation of the Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, Associate Professor of Music Production and Recording Arts Todd Coleman was a guest lecturer as part of the Marlin K. Jensen and the Mormon Studies Initiative at the University of Utah on Feb. 28. His lecture presentation is one of a series of seven lectures by Latter-day Saint composers from across the country.

Coleman’s also gave a presentation of his work at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, to music composition students and faculty.

The subject of the presentation was Coleman’s 2003-04 transmedia artwork, “Exquisite Corpse,” for amplified cello, piano, prerecorded surround audio tracks, and multiple video projections layered onto two scrims. The music was commissioned by The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University and Mormon Artists Group.

The work is a meditation on themes and ideas sparked by a photographic triptych also titled “Exquisite Corpse.”

A performance of “Exquisite Corpse” can be viewed below.