Current Project

Settings of E. E. Cummings poems for oboist Heather Huckleberry and speaker Gary Zmolek, with piano and percussion.


Members of the Little Giant Chinese Orchestra under the baton of Chen Chih-Sheng will premiere Ceremony of Yearning for fifteen instruments at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan on June 8.

In July, the MostArts Festival at Alfred University (New York) will include the world premiere of Mystery Play for guzheng and string quartet, with Daisy Wu as guzheng soloist.

In December 2017, the opening of the nation’s first federally-funded civil-rights museum in Jackson, Mississippi, will be marked by a concert including a collaboration between Vayo, Ohio Poet Laureate Amit Majmudar, and baritone James Martin, an Illinois Wesleyan alumnus.

Recent News

Vayo helped coordinate Many Voices, Many Sounds: A Concert for Tolerance and Compassion on March 28 at Illinois Wesleyan University.  He and baritone saxophonist Glenn Wilson performed Cuando Vuelva a Tu Lado/ What a Difference a Day Makes by Mexican immigrant composer María Grever, and Vayo played an improvisational piano fantasia on Qudud Halabiya, a well-known melody from the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.

Sandlot for two trumpets and percussion was performed during the New Music Festival of Ball State University (Indiana) on March 18.

Vayo premiered Aura for synthesizer at Illinois Wesleyan University on March 9.

Harpsichordist Michiyo Honma‘s concert in Tokyo on Feb. 20 included the world premiere of Dream Cartoon for violin, cello and harpsichord along with performances of Scuttlings and Scramblings (with Thomas Piercy, clarinet) and Play of Hands.

Vayo joined clarinetist Blake McGee for a concert of improvisations at the University of Wyoming on Jan 28.  He and McGee also gave a workshop on improvisation for U of W music students.

Trombonist Mark Hetzler‘s new CD Dig. includes Vayo’s Entelechy for trombone, keyboards, bass and drums/percussion, which was commissioned by Hetzler and the University of Wisconsin.  The CD was released on Summit Records, a well-known label featuring music for brass instruments.

University of Wyoming clarinetist Blake McGee‘s October 7 concert at Illinois Wesleyan University included Vayo’s music, as well as improvisations with Vayo on keyboards.