Khasma Piano Duo to Premiere Vayo Work at IWU

Khasma Duo
Duo pianists Katherine Palumbo (left) and Ashlee Mack

Feb. 15, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Khasma Piano Duo will present the world premiere of composer David Vayo’s work Times and Places during the duo’s guest recital Feb. 27 at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Duo pianists Ashlee Mack and Katherine Palumbo perform works from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a repertoire ranging Claude Debussy’s Nuages through Marti Epstein’s Memories of 13 Snowflakes and Igor Stravinsky’s Tango.

Mack and Palumbo have been playing together since 2000, where they met as undergraduates at Bucknell University. The group recently debuted their album, Switchback, which is available on Amazon and iTunes. Mack is currently the coordinator of piano instruction at Knox College in Galesburg. Palumbo is also a member of the Trillium Ensemble (flute, clarinet and piano) and teaches piano from her home in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Vayo, the Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Composition and Theory in the School of Music, is an award-winning composer who has received awards and commissions from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, ASCAP, the Koussevitzky Music Foundations, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition and many others.

The Feb. 27 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

By Emily Phelps ’19