New Music Cafe to Present Local, International Compositions
November 6, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The New Music Cafe, part of Illinois Wesleyan University's New
Music Series, will present new local and international compositions on Saturday, Nov.
11, at 7:30 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall, 1210 Park St., in Bloomington.
The event and reception, which follows immediately after, are free and open to the
public, courtesy of the IWU School of Music and Sigma Alpha Iota, the professional
music fraternity for women.
The New Music Cafe will feature two compositions by award-winning, internationally
recognized Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen, and premiere an original composition
by David Vayo, director of the New Music series and IWU professor of composition and
theory. Other performers include Adjunct Professor of Composition Brad Decker, IWU
Faculty Violinist Michael Hall, and Illinois State University Faculty Bassist William
The works of guest composer Prangcharoen have been performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic
Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Thailand.
At Saturday's concert, Vayo will perform Prangcharoen's piece "Three Minds" on piano.
A musical trio, which will include IWU senior orchestral instruments major Amanda
Andrews on flute, adjunct faculty member Amanda Legner on percussion and accompanist
Nancy Pounds on piano will perform "Shade of the Night and Day," another of Prangcharoen's
Currently a faculty member in the Western Music Department of Srinakharinwirot University
in Bangkok, Prangcharoen earned his master's degree in composition from Illinois State
University, where he later taught as instructional assistant professor of music in
composition. In 2005, Prancharoen founded the Thailand Composition Festival in Bangkok.
New compositions from within the University community will include "Montage," an "electroacoustic
composition" by Decker, and the premiere of Vayo's piece, "Flower Thought," which
will be performed by Hall. Vayo, who has received 19 ASCAP awards since 1988, composed
the piece in January of 2006. "It's a brief, gentle, innocent, ruminating piece,
like a short poem expressed as music," he said.
Finally, Vayo himself will perform improvisations based on simple musical ideas or
suggestive phrases with Koehler. "We continuously surprise each other and ourselves
when we improvise, and look forward to sharing our adventures with the audience,"
For additional information, contact the IWU School of Music Office at (309) 556-3061.
Contact: Teresa Sherman, (309) 556-3181