Current Project

A composition for shakuhachi (Japanese flute) and cello, for shakuhachi virtuoso Shawn Head.


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

“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.

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.

On March 30 at the University of New Mexico, the national conference of the Society of Composers will include a performance of Vayo’s Chambers for viola, percussion, electronic keyboard, conductor and audience.

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

Vayo received an Honourable Mention in the 2018 composition competition of the Alvarez Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble based in London, England. The award was given for Vayo’s Sandpails, which sets poetry by James McGowan.

Soprano Kate Tombaugh sang “The Place I Love,” an aria from Fertile Ground, during her October 18 performance at the University of Southern Indiana, in Evansville.

Soprano Lisa Neher performed 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.

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.