Current Project

A piece for soprano sax and percussion, for the Altered Sound Duo (Chris Murphy, sax; Nick Fox, percussion)


Soprano Lisa Neher will perform Tell Me What You Think Of Me: A Monodrama in Twenty-Six Letters, a humorous piece for singing actor, in two concerts presented by the Iowa Composers Forum: on October 6 at Cedar Rock House in Quasqueton, and on October 7 at Montauk Historic Site in Clermont.

“Quiet Poem” from Sandpails, a setting of the poetry of James McGowan, is programmed in the 2018-19 season of the ensemble AcquaTroupe, in collaboration with World Oceans Arts, a consortium that presents arts events throughout North America.

Vayo will perform improvisations with shakuhachi virtuoso Shawn Head during Head’s concert at Illinois Wesleyan University on Feb. 8, 2019.

The Altered Sound Duo (Chris Murphy, saxes and Nick Fox, percussion) will be performing a new work of Vayo’s during their spring 2019 tour of the Southeast.

In the fall of 2019, harpsichordist Michiyo Honma‘s Tokyo concert will include the world premiere of a composition by Vayo for two vocalists, koto and harpsichord.

Recent News

During the late spring of 2018, Vayo was in residence for two weeks at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia, as the Echols Distinguished Fellow in Music.

Wings was performed by cellist Craig Hultgren and pianist Lawrence Axelrod during their guest program at Illinois Wesleyan on March 22. Their Midwest tour also included performances of Wings at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana; Butler University, Indianapolis; and the Porter House Museum in Decorah, Iowa.

Along with saxophonist Glenn Wilson and bassist William Koehler, Vayo performed jazz and free improvisations on February 8 at Illinois Wesleyan University, including the world premiere of Portal. The trio repeated the program at Illinois State University on February 14.

Ensemble GNU performed Vayo’s Poem during their November concert in Rio de Janeiro.