TRI NGUYEN ET LE QUATUOR 'ILIOS
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
Hoa Tau Tinh Khuc Que Huong
Instrumental album of Vietnamese tunes played in mostly duet on Vietnamese instruments -tranh (zither) sao (flute), bao (monochord) nhi (fiddle), plus guitar and violin. Relaxing, and typically Vietnamese. Listen to several tracks.
1. Noi Buon Me Toi (Tranh, Sao) 2. Minh Oi (Guitar, Nhi) 3. Ngay Khong Em (Sao-Tranh) 4. Duong Ve Mien Trung (Bao, Violin) 5. Me Toi Ruoc Dau (Sao) 6. Que Toi (Tranh, Violin) 7. Anh Ve Mien Tay (Nhi, Sao) 8. Giang Huong (Guitar, Violin) 9. Doi Cho Minh En (Tranh, Sao) 10. Tui No (Sao, Nhi) 11. Nguoi Phuong Xa (Tranh, Sao)
In the Ancient Hanoi City
Born in 1956 Ba Que has been at the forefront in introducing Vietnamese music around the world. He has organized various Vietnamese festivals both in Vietnam and abroad, and has performed in some forty countries around the world. He is a prolfic composer of Vietnamese traditional influenced songs and this album is of nine tracks. All instrumental, various Vietnamese instruments such as dan bao, dan trang are accompanied by keyboards creating an atmospheric backdrop. Some of the tunes are also influenced by Western classical music, creating a hybrid of east and west. Click here to email for availability
TU KHUC DAN CA
Vietnamese Traditional Instrumental Concert
Lively instrumental ditties on mainly Vietnamese traditional instruments with a modern backing. Plus a few more straightforward traditional tunes.
HAI PHUONG, THANH HOA
Da Co Hoailang
Mostly instrumental versions of well known Vietnamese folk songs played on the dan bao (monochord) and tranh (zither) by Hai Phong and sao (flute) played by Thanh Hoa. The melodies are unquestionably beautiful and it's all very catchy and well produced, although the synthesizers and drum machines will not be to everyone's taste. A couple of good vocal tracks.
Tau Khuc - Tranh Sao Bau
This CD features three traditional instruments, tranh (sixteen stringed zither) sao (flute) and bao (monochord) playing traditional tunes to a backing of mainly synthesizers, drum machines and occasionally other western instruments. The more sparse arrangements work well, particularly played on dan bau, but elsewhere the traditional instruments get drowned out in a wash of over production.
Ben Xuan - Tranh Sao Bao Vol.4
Tranh (zither) sao (flute) and bao (monochord) meanderings set to synthesizer, piano, guitar and other westernized instruments. Elements of jazz, new age in some western type tunes. Last 3 tracks are of traditional music, beautifully played.
Hoa Tau - Tranh Sao Bao Vol.2
Easy listening Vietnamese instrumental music played on three traditional instruments with keyboards and drum machines.
Dong Song Que Huong Vol. 3
12 vocal tracks set to backing of synthesizers, drum machines and Vietnamese traditional instruments such as dan bao, and dan tranh. Some good vocalsperformances by Quang Linh, Bao Yen, Dinh Van, Thy Nga and others, but largely syrupy arrangements.
Dem Tan Ben Ngu
Dem Tan Ben Ngu (Night's End at the Royal Docks) is a tune based on Hue traditional music, as are the other nine songs on this CD. Modern instrumental versions of those tunes played on dan bau, dan tranh, with keyboard backing. Vietnamese easy listening.
Que Huong - Vietnamese Traditional Instrumental Concert
Performances of traditional Vietnamese tunes on the dan tranh (zither), dan bao (monochord) sao (flute) and dan trung (bamboo xylophone). Most tracks have a keyboard and drum machine backing. The more successful tracks do not. Click here to email for availability