By any definition, Tri Nguyen is an exceptional musician. He is a virtuoso classical pianist and one of Vietnam's greatest players of the traditional zither, the dan tranh. Not surprisingly, his previous albums have been collaborations of some sort. One with a western string quartet the other with Arabic oud player Qais Saadi. This, however, is his most ambitious album yet, with excursions to Africa, Brazil, Scotland, Kalmykia (a republic in Russia), Corsica and Vietnam. There are lots of surprises along the way, Nguyen's virtuosity bringing out the versatility of his instrument.
1. Distant Voices (feat. Mabinty Camara, Ella Bangoura, Faama Bangoura, Charlie Youla) 2. Hanging Moon (feat. Clément Garcin) by Teca Calazans, Tri Nguyen 3. Guacyra (feat. Clément Garcin) by Teca Calazans, Tri Nguyen 4. Dragon and Tiger Dance (feat. Huynh Kim Sinh) 5. My Home by Tri Nguyen, Pipe Band Mackeller 6. Edjin Duun (feat. Clément Garcin) by Tri Nguyen, Buynta Goryaeva 7. A Biasgina by Tri Nguyen, A Stonda 8. A Blackbird in Kallisté by Tri Nguyen, A Stonda 9. Evening Song (feat. Staythesame, Net Viet) 10. Black Riding Horse (feat. Staythesame, Net Viet)
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Wonderful album from Vietnamese dan tranh (zither) player and pianist. From a mandarin family in South Vietnam, Nguyen began studying piano from the age of five. He also studied dan tranh from the one of the great masters Hai Bieu. After graduating from the Music Conservatory of Saigon, he went to continue his piano studies a the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Tri Nguyen performances combine both the western classical piano and Vietnamese claasical dan tranh repertoire. This album features his own compositions for zither and string quartet. The album oozes quality, avoiding any kitsch pitfuls, inspired by traditional Vietnamese musical traditions, with glimpses of his western classical side. Chamber music for zither and string quartet.
1. Complaints to the Sky in the Falling Dust 2. Autumn Moon Lullaby 3. Exchange of Love 4. Waterdrops 5. Song of the Blackbird 6. Twilight Mist 7. Strategist Khong on the Fortress 8. Sadness of the South 9. Move with Water, Walk on Clouds 10. Emperor 11. The Joy of Coming Home 12. Melancholy 13. Nostalgia
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