Two-time Grammy Award Winner Vince Mendoza Featured Guest at IWU's 2005 Symposium
of Contemporary Music
January 17, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-Music composer and arranger Vince Mendoza, a two-time Grammy award
winner and 12-time nominee, will be the featured composer and guest conductor at Illinois
Wesleyan University's Symposium of Contemporary Music.
Mendoza will be the guest conductor at the event on Friday, Jan. 21, which will celebrate
30 years of Tom Streeter's IWU Jazz Festival. Streeter is Professor of Brass Instruments
and Theory and director of IWU's Jazz Ensemble.
The symposium, presented as part of the IWU New Music Series, is free and open to
the public. All events will be held in Presser Hall's Westbrook Auditorium, 1210 Park
At 7:30 p.m., Mendoza will conduct the IWU Jazz Ensemble and the Illinois Wesleyan
Civic Orchestra in performances of his compositions and arrangements. A reception
will follow the concert in the Presser Hall reception room.
There will also be a panel discussion, "Notation and Improvisation in the Performing
Arts," at 3 p.m. on Jan. 21. The panel will consist of Mendoza; Sara Freeman, assistant
professor of theatre arts; Jean MacFarland Kerr, associate professor of theatre arts/stage
movement; Thomas Streeter, professor of brass instruments and theory; and David Vayo,
professor of composition and theory, will be the moderator. Vayo is also director
of the symposium.
Professor of Music Steven W. Eggleston's Wesleyan Civic Orchestra will perform such
works as "Dancer in the Dark Overture" composed by Bjrk, arranged by Mendoza and "Otis
and Marlena" written by Joni Mitchell, arranged by Mendoza for which Kathryn Lachey,
a sophomore music education major from Arlington Heights, Ill., will perform vocals.
The orchestra also will perform Mendoza's "Elder Wings," "Sanctus," and "Miracle Child."
The IWU Jazz Ensemble will play "Silhouette," "Bossa Antigua," "Rain Codes," "I Dreamt
of You," and "Just Say Joe," also written by Mendoza.
Established in 1954, the symposium promotes and encourages the performance of contemporary
music and recognizes contemporary composers. Mendoza, who is recognized by fans around
the world for his compositional conducting talents, is the first guest from the jazz
world to headline the event.
Mendoza, who has been heralded by critics as a master of contemporary idioms, is the
principal guest conductor of the Metropole Orchestra of the Netherlands. He has been
commissioned to compose and arrange for such groups as the Turtle Island String Quartet,
Berlin Philharmonic, BBC orchestra, Debussy Trio, L.A. Guitar Quartet and the Kln
Radio Orchestra. He also conducts concerts of his music in Europe, Japan, and the
United Kingdom and has appeared at the Montreux and Northsea Jazz Festivals. His music
also was featured at the Berlin Jazz Festival.
Mendoza's arrangements can be heard on Lars van Trier's film "Dancer in the Dark"
featuring Bjrk as well as Joni Mitchell's orchestral albums "Both Sides Now" and "Travelogue,"
for which he won his second Grammy award in 2004. His work can also be heard on the
Yellowjackets' "Greenhouse," and with artists including Elvis Costello, Chaka Khan,
Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Al DiMeola, Gino Vannelli, Herbie Hancock and Sheryl Crow,
among others. His television music has been nominated for an Emmy.
Artists such as Gary Burton/Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden and John Abercrombie
have featured Mendoza's compositions and arrangements on their albums. His extensive
discography includes his solo albums on Blue Note, "Start Here" and "Instructions
Inside." His newest CD, "Epiphany," features the London Symphony Orchestra.
Mendoza, originally from Connecticut, resides in Los Angeles. He has degrees from
the Ohio State University and the University of Southern California.