Lisa Renée Coons a sound artist working at the intersection of music, sculpture, and choreography. Aesthetically, her work is part of the experimental music tradition of found sounds and extended techniques. Noise and studies of timbre are at the heart of the composition, and these vocabularies require nontraditional notation and active listening by the performers. Lisa Renée’s welded percussion sculptures are often built of objects salvaged from her childhood home—a small family farm in Missouri. They develop the often-overlooked timbral beauty of these materials into rich musical textures. Lisa Renée is a dedicated teacher, currently holding the position of assistant professor of composition at Western Michigan University. She received her PhD in Composition from Princeton University in 2011, with additional degrees from SUNY Stony Brook and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Recent fellowships include an ICElab Fellowship from the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), MacDowell Fellowship, the Jackie McLean Fellowship at the Hartt School in the University of Hartford, and a Composer Fellowship from the Other Minds Festival. Lisa Renée was Composer-in-Residence for the 2015 Women Composers Festival of Hartford. She has been commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, The California E.A.R. Unit, Santa Fe New Music, The Machine Project for the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles, the bass clarinet duo Sqwonk, Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, and Iktus Percussion Quartet and her work was featured in two recent films, “Krisha” (which one the South by Southwest Film Festival Special Jury Award) and “Ugly,” by Anurag Kashyap. Lisa Renée is a member of the bicoastal composers collective called, simply, The Collected. lisarcoons.com
Lisa Renee's ArtPrize Entries
These are Lisa Renee's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Lisa Renee's Past Work
These are images of past work that Lisa Renee has done.