Evan Chambers

Evan Chambers

Electronic Music and Irish Fiddling Featured at New Music Cafe

March 11, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-Illinois Wesleyan University's New Music Cafe will feature the music of composer Evan Chambers, faculty member of the University of Michigan.  The concert will take place on Thursday, March 13 at 8 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 Park St., Bloomington).

The event is free and open to the public.

The New Music Cafe series features student and faculty performances of new compositions from the early 20th century to the present. Also featured on the program will be composer-guitarist Zane Merritt, a graduate student at Butler University, and IWU theatre arts voice professors Harold Meers and Saundra DeAthos. Meers and DeAthos will perform the musical works of Ned Rorem and Thomas Pasatieri.

A traditional Irish fiddler, critics say Chambers' music is "music of rare intensity and emotional depth" with "haunting lyricism and explosive energy."

Chambers' concerto for Irish fiddler and orchestra was recently performed in New York, and the Cincinnati, Kansas City, Memphis and Albany Symphonies have performed his composition.  Currently serving on the faculty of the University of Michigan, in 1998, Chambers was awarded the Walter Beeler Prize by Ithaca College in New York. The American Academy of arts and Letters, the Luigi Russolo Competition, Vienna Modern Masters have also recognized his works, among other organizations and competitions.  In 2001, Chambers' released his CD Cold Water, Dry Stone.

Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181