David DeVasto (b.1979) has presented works in the United States and Europe; including The IAEF International SummerArts Institute, The Council for Undergraduate Research, Society of Composers, Charlotte New Music Festival, Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers, Electronic Music Midwest, TheIowa Composers Forum, Nevada Encounters of New Music, and The Electro-Acoustic Juke Joint. DeVasto’s music has been broadcast from coast to coast in North America and internationally in Asia and Africa. His piece, Homenaje a Gaspar Sanz, won First Prize for the Classical Guitar Society of Victoria’s 2015 International Composition Competition. His works are published by The SCI Journal of Music Scores and Bergmann Edition, and recordings of his compositions appear on Navona Records. Additionally, DeVasto is featured as a pianist on several albums, including Dreams of Pangea (SouthportRecords), and Reflection (Flitterswift), featuring renowned saxophonist Mark Colby. DeVasto earned his PhD from The University of Iowa in 2009, studying under David Gompper and John Rapson, and has formerly served on the music faculties at Lindenwood University and McKendree University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Elmhurst College in the Chicago area. For more on David DeVasto, please visit www.devasto.net.
DeVasto’s compositions published by Bergmann Edition are generally in a contemporary idiom. They have strong elements of rhythm and melody. The ensemble piece Emersonia is accessible to intermediate players, while the other pieces require relatively advanced skills.