Category: MUSIC

HANOISE (Âm thanh Hà Nội) by the Hanoi New Music Ensemble

Two Vietnamese premieres and a World premiere
October 11, 2019, 8pm
Small concert hall, Vietnam National Academy of Music
No.77 Hao Nam str, Dong Da dist,

October 12, 2019, 8pm
Concert Hal, HoChiMinh Conservatory
112 Nguyen Du str, Dist 1
* Conductor: Honna Tetsuji
* Guest artists:
Lucas Fels, Cello
Nina Janßen-Deinzer, Clarinet

* The Hanoi New Music Ensemble
Pham Truong Son, Violin
Dao Mai Anh, Violin
Do Huong Tra My, Viola
Ngo Tra My, Monochord
Pham Tra My, Zither
Pham Quynh Trang, Piano
Lu Manh Cuong, Percussion
Jörg Widmann – Fieberphantasie (1999)
Vu Nhat Tan – Hanoise (2019)
Olivier Messiaen – Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps (1941)
Friday night October 11. At the Vietnam National Academy of Music, 77 Hao Nam The Goethe Institute will present a performance by the Hanoi New Music Ensemble with two famous artists: Nina Janßen-Deinzer clarinet and Lucas Fels. by German composer Jörg Widmann and French Olivier Messiaen, this will also be the launch of the latest “HANOISE” (Hanoi Sound) by Vietnamese composer Vu Nhat Tan.

Talented conductor Honna Tetsuji, who has conducted many concerts of Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra VNSO will conduct this night.

Here about Hanoi New Music Ensemble, the first professional group of contemporary music in Vietnam, with the goal of performing the best New music in Vietnam and Internationally.
Composer Vu Nhat Tan is art director and violinist Pham Truong Son is executive director.
Hanoi New Music Ensemble has performed at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi, the Manzi Art Space, the French Cultural Institute in Hanoi-L’Espace and the Goethe-Institut. Members of the group include professional music lecturers and teachers, who are professors at the Vietnam National Academy of Music or performing in the Vietnam National Orchestra.

Works in the show also include:
In “Fieberphantasie” from 1999, Jörg Widmann studied the melody of Robert Schumann. He described it as a kind of “fever curve”: “suspense, flickering, steaming” with “a myriad of smaller and bigger wave crests in the big lines”. Symbols include performance points, not containing a specific sound level, but with detailed presentation instructions.
Jörg Widmann (* 1973) is one of the most interesting and versatile artists and composers of his generation …

QUATUOR POUR LA FIN DU TEMPS “Quartet for the end of the age”, the content of the work is also about the end of the world. French composer Olivier Messian finished his work with a total of eight sentences as a prisoner in a prisoner of war camp in Görlitz in Germany …

HANOISE (Hanoi Sound)
Famous composer Vu Nhat Tan extracts and condenses the sounds of the Vietnamese capital into a contemporary musical art work. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, Vu Nhat Tan will introduce a new piece written specifically for the string group of Hanoi New Music Ensemble entitled HANOISE (Hanoi Sound). This is an extremely valuable contribution to the treasure of contemporary art in Vietnam. As the name of the work, “Hanoi Sound” reflects the city’s unique atmosphere and mix of colorful sounds: A cultural meeting between East and West through contemporary music.

Information about conductor, artists and program, please go to our website

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Opening Night: ‘Cities In Transition’ Art Exhibition

Mukang Fields returns with some cosmic funky space jazz at Urban Gentry on the 27th, along with some great art and photography and other musicians performing too (including a set by one of the OG experimental musicians of the Hanoi scene Vu Nhat Tan). Join us for the opening night of ‘Cities In Transition’, a joint art exhibition featuring works by William P. Badger, Jr. (paintings and drawings) and Wouter Vanhees (photography). William’s work incorporates images from his time in Vietnam he sees as fleeting amid the coming industrialization of things. Wouter’s work focuses on life at street level amid the rising cities of Vietnam.
Live music by:
6pm Opening, with music by Paolo Chiabrando
8pm Mukang Fields (first set)
9pm Vu Nhat Tan
10pm Mukang Fields (second set)


Heritage ÉP launch: Tìm em/ Qua đêm trăng sạch

Heritage Space, re-locating to a new ‘planet’, night after night, has been preparing a tiny ‘feast’, for our new housewarming, a tiny house but sweet and dreamy (and not far, not far at all, anymore). Great gratefulness to all the South-to-North artists that gather here to take us to the moon.
We would love to invite all the old and new friends to join our language – music – movement feast: “Heritage ÉP launch: Tìm em/Qua đêm trăng sạch” (Seeking for you/Through a clear moon night). And this time, it’s gonna be a much more familiar and fun performing atmosphere.
List of main performances:
#0: Tìm em/ Qua thư viện sạch… (Seeking for you/Through a clean library…)
#1: Cánh đồng, con ngựa, chuyến tàu (The field, the horse, the train) – an experimental musical translation of the same poem – đàn tranh duo, vocal, sound objects,.. [with: Hoài Anh + Hà Thuý Hằng]
#2: Jờ Joạcx – bamboo flute, jew harp, electronic instruments and movements on “music pallete” – a special interactive D.I.Y ‘instrument’ invented by Alec Schachner [with: Alec Schachner + Duy Rùa + Kim]
#3: Hanoise – field recording, synthersizer, percussion. A project of Vu Nhat Tan, in duo with Ngo Tra My dan Bau and voice


New Music from VIETNAM

Hanoi New Music Ensemble introduce “New Music From Vietnam”
Date of concert: 19h30 Friday, July 19, 2019
Venue: Pasca Sarjana Concert Hall,
Suryodiningtan, No.8. Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Hanoi Goethe Institute is sponsor and partner of the concert.

New Music is rooted in history and the customs of the people where it comes from. New music from Vietnam reflects sacrifice, faith and aspirations of the people of Vietnam. Delivering this message is a challenging ambition yet justifiable and necessary. This is our statement of beliefs as the Hanoi New Music Ensemble

We are happy to share the news that Hanoi New Music Ensemble (HNME) will be performing on Friday July 19, 2019 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This is HNME’s first concert tour to present Vietnamese New Music.
We sincerely thank the Goethe-Institute Hanoi who makes our tour possible. And we thank New Yogyakarta Contemporary Ensemble for organizing the concert. Thank you all very much!
01. Do Nhuan: “Tay Nguyen”, String Quartet
Pham Truong Son, Violin 1. Vu Thi Khanh Linh, Violin 2. Do Huong Tra My, Viola. Dao Tuyet Trinh, Cello
02. Ton That Tiet: “Autumn Wind”, Duo Violin and Piano
Pham Truong Son, Violin. Pham Quynh Trang, Piano
03. Vietnamese Traditional Folk Songs: “Trong Com”, “Ly Ngua O”. Piano Trio
(Arranged by Vu Nhat Tan)
Vu Thi Khanh Linh, Violin, Dao Tuyet Trinh, Cello. Pham Quynh Trang, Piano
04. Vu Nhat Tan: “Five Elements” (Special version) Full ensemble
Tran Thu Thuy, Vocal, Pham Quynh Trang, Piano. Vu Nhat Tan, Bamboo flute. Pham Truong Son, Violin 1, Vu Thi Khanh Linh, Violin 2. Do Huong Tra My, Viola. Dao Tuyet Trinh, Cello, Lu Manh Cuong, Percussion.

Event links


Vu Nhat Tan
FIVE ELEMENTs (Special Version, live in Pascasarjana ISI Yogyakarta)

HANOI NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE in Goethe Institute Hanoi [2019]



Tie^’p va` No^’i ON the PATH of the ANCESTORS

Tie^'p vs No^'i On the Paths of the Ancestors [VNAM 2019]color

HANOI NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE and ĐÔNG KINH CỔ NHẠC THE ANCIENT MUSIC GROUP OF TONKIN are sincerely present our most important concert in the year of 2019


TIẾP và NỐI / On the Path of the Ancestors Vietnam National Academy of Music the Large Concert Hall No.77 Hao Nam str, Dong Da dist, Hanoi Friday, March 22, 2019, 8pm FREE ENTRY


Grammy Award winning conductor Jeff von der Schmidt returns to conduct the Hanoi New Music Ensemble in a concert of three generations of Vietnamese new music. The concert opens with “JIJI” by Luong Hue Trinh, welcoming her back to Hanoi after completing her studies in Hamburg, Germany. JIJI is dedicated to her teacher Georg Hadju and uses ancient dan tranh with instruments and technology. “TUYEN LUA” by Nguyen Thien Dao is from the war years of 1968 and then the iron horse victory of Vietnamese boy hero Phu Dong. The concert ends with the world premiere of “METAL WATER FIRE” with the poetry of Nguyen Duy and music of Vu Nhat Tan, combining soloist Tran Thu Thuy with Hanoi New Music Ensemble and Dong Kinh Co Nhac the Ancient Music Group of Tonkin. This concert also begins a regional collaboration between Hanoi New Music Ensemble and the HongKong New Music Ensemble with players Karina Yau and Chronicle Li coming to Hanoi from Hong Kong



In the Path of the Ancestors with the Hà Nội New Music Ensemble

1,000 Dragons Rising: In the Path of the Ancestors Triumph for the Hà Nội New Music Ensemble



[Vu Nhat Tan]Kim Thuy Hoa – Metal Water Fire for Hanoi New Music Ensemble and Dong Kinh Co Nhac the Ancient Music Group of Tonkin, conductor Jeff von der Schmidt, live in Grand Concert Hall of Vietnam National Academy of Music, Hanoi March 22, 2019


The Old Quarter Story/ Royal Court Music Program – Gold in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Royal Court Music Program – Gold in the Old Quarter of Hanoi
The Old Quarter Music Program celebrates Vietnam Heritage Day
Center for Cultural Exchange of the Old Quarter 50 Dao Duy Tu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Saturday November 23rd, 2018, 8pm

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Royal Court Music which was honored by UNESCO as the immaterial masterpiece of humanity. The Phu Xuan Royal Court Music Group, where Hue Royal Court Music played and spread, will be accompanied by Dong Kinh Co Nhac the Ancient Music Group of Tonkin in a special music program to introduce to the audience of the capital of the precious musical heritage of the nation
The Masters of Royal Court Music from Hue, Master Thanh Tam, artist Tran Thao will harmonize with the artists of Dong Kinh Co Nhac the Ancient Music Group of Tonkin, through the Ancient Citadel Program to send to the audience the gift of Vietnamese Heritage Music

The program is free for public, because the space is small and the number of seats are limited we are expecting you to come early to have your seats
Co-host by Dong Kinh Co Nhac The Ancient Music Group of Tonkin and the VNTG

Live videos from the concert

L’Ancien est Nouveau, le Nouveau est Ancien/A concert by Hanoi New Music Ensemble and Dong Kinh Co Nhac the Ancient Music Group of Tonkin

“L’Ancien est nouveau, le nouveau est ancien” est un mariage entre musique contemporaine et musique ancienne du Vietnam à travers des oeuvres du compositeur français d’origine vietnamienne Nguyen Thien Dao et des créations musicales de la communauté des artistes de musiques traditionnelles du Vietnam

The Old is New, the New is Old “is a marriage between contemporary music and ancient music of Vietnam through works of the French composer of Vietnamese origin Nguyen Thien Dao and musical creations of Dong Kinh Co Nhac The Ancient Music Group of Tonkin

Au programme, Khói Trương Chi pour monocorde de Nguyen Thien Dao (2004); Musique ancienne – Poème zen – Musique bouddhiste; Khoi Song pour cithare à 16 cordes de Nguyen Thien Dao (2005), Nguyet Hao (Tuong ancien) ; Ru Ke (jeu théâtral ancien) et musique bouddhiste.

On the program, Khói Trương Chi for Monocord by Nguyen Thien Dao (2004); Ancient Music – Zen Poem – Buddhist Music; Khoi Song for 16-string zither by Nguyen Thien Dao (2005), Nguyet Hao (ancient Tuong); Ru Ke (ancient theatrical play) and Buddhist music.

Artistes invitées:
Ngô Trà My: dan Bau (Monocorde)
Phạm Trà My: dan Tranh (Cithare à 16 cordes)

Auditorium de L’Espace – 24 Trang Tien, Ha Noi Samedi/Saturday – 01.12.2018 – 20h00

SHADES OF THE SOUNDS a contemporary music concert featuring works by Vu Nhat Tan

Shades of the Sounds
Hanoi New Music Ensemble and Manzi Art Space are pleased to host ‘Shades of the Sounds’ – A contemporary music concert by the Hanoi New Music Ensemble and Đông Kinh Cổ Nhạc the Ancient Music Group of Tonkin, featuring works by composer Vũ Nhật Tân and Tuồng – traditional opera of Vietnam.

8.00 PM, Saturday 08 Sept 2018
Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

As a way of expression and cognition, music is a universal language to mankind. Each ethnic group, through its long history of formation and development, has created their own music with distinctive features and characteristics.
“Shades of the Sounds’ is a program combining contemporary music through the works by composer Vu Nhat Tan and Hát Tuồng – Vietnamese traditional music.
With the criterion “to sing as to behold”, Hát Tuồng is a captivating art form, its distinct vocal and performance techniques immerse the audience into different emotional states.
The concert is a journey into the sound of music of the Past and Present.

Due to limited seating capacity, please email before Thurs 6 Sept 2018 to reserve seats.
Please note that the programme is not appropriate for audience under 12.
Communications partners:
Hanoi Grapevine
The Word Vietnam
Hanoi New Music Ensemble
Dong Kinh Co Nhac

links for more information
from Jeff von der Schmidt’s blog

live videos from the concert

An Evening with Apollo Chamber Players, Vân-Ánh Võ, and Vũ Nhât Tân – Asia Society Houston TEXAS

FB_IMG_1523640797989In an exploration of classical and contemporary Vietnamese musical traditions, the Asia Society welcomes to our stage Houston’s globally-focused Apollo Chamber Players alongside award-winning musicians Vân-Ánh (Vanessa) Võ and Vũ Nhât Tân. In this illuminating evening, these talented performers and composers will explore the themes emerging in their work through a demonstration of their instruments and an engaging panel discussion.

About the Apollo Chamber Players

Chamber Players

Matthew J. Detrick, violin; Artistic, Executive Director and Founder
Anabel Ramirez, violin
Whitney Bullock, viola; Education Director
Matthew Dudzik, cello
Houston-based Apollo Chamber Players’ mission is to explore the cultural and folkloric influences in classical music. The group presents thematically-programmed concerts both regionally and nationally. In September 2014, the organization launched a multi-year commissioning project, 20×2020, with a new work by Grammy® winning composer Libby Larsen, and the ensemble has concertized with acclaimed artists James Dunham, Ivo-Jan van der Werff, Timothy Pitts, Ismail Lumanovski, Viktor Valkov, and Robin Kesselman. Winner of HoustonPress’ 2014 MasterMinds award, Apollo was one of three organizations in Houston to be recognized for positively impacting the local arts community. Passionate about arts education, the ensemble curates culturally-enriching programs for performance through Young Audiences of Houston, and it has performed concerts and presented masterclasses for schools and festivals across the country.

About the Artists

Artist Van-Anh Vo

Vân-Ánh Võ is one of the finest performers of Vietnamese traditional instruments in the world and a rapidly emerging composer. She dedicates her life to creating music by blending the wonderfully unique sounds of Vietnamese instruments with other music genres, and fusing deeply rooted Vietnamese musical traditions with fresh new structures and compositions. Since settling in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001, Vân-Ánh has focused on collaborating with musicians across different music genres to create new works, bringing Vietnamese traditional music to a wider audience and preserving her cultural legacy through teaching. Additionally, she has been co-composer and arranger for the Oscar® nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary, Daughter from Danang (2002), and the Emmy® Awards winning film and soundtrack for Bolinao 52 (2008). Vân-Ánh recently became the first Vietnamese artist to perform at the White House. In addition to the zither (đàn Tranh), Vân-Ánh also performs as soloist on the monochord (đàn Bầu), the bamboo xylophone (đàn T’rung), traditional drums (trống) and other traditional instruments.

Artist Vu Nhat Tan

Vũ Nhât Tân is a Vietnamese composer of experimental, chamber, and piano music, as well as electronic and multimedia works that have been performed around the world. Tân studied piano at Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi, where he earned degrees in secondary education in composition and musicology in 1991, as well as a Bachelor of Music in 1995. He later studied computer music and new music at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne in 2000-2001. His honors include Third Prize in the composition for traditional instruments competition of the Vietnam Composers Association in Hanoi in 1992 for Chamber Piece for Traditional Vietnamese Instruments, and First Prize in the Saint-German-en-Laye competition in 1995, for Ky Uc – Memory. His music has been performed in Australia, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Mongolia, Switzerland, the USA, and Vietnam, including at the Roaring Hoofs Festival in Ulaanbaatar (2000), the Louisiana Festival of Contemporary Music in Baton Rouge (2002), the Totally Huge New Music Festival in Perth (2003), and the Asian Music Festival in Tokyo (2003).

Major support for Performing Arts programs comes from Nancy C. Allen, Ellen Gritz and Milton Rosenau, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, and the Anchorage Foundation. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Clayton Fund, Miller Theatre Advisory Board, New England Foundation for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas Center. This program is presented in partnership with Apollo Chamber Players.

Performing Arts and Culture Sponsors

City of HoustonHoustonArtsAlliance

Presenting Partners

Apollo Logo

Event Details

Wed 16 May 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
1370 Southmore Boulevard. Houston, Texas 77004

more information on the link by Jeff von der Schmidt, conductor of the Hanoi New Music Ensemble
Opposites Attract: The Music of Alexandra du Bois and Vũ Nhật Tân

Apollo Chamber Players links and live video



Saturday, 17 March 2018, 8 pm
Venue: Halle, Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 56-60 Nguyen Thai Hoc str, Ba Dinh dist
The Goethe-Institut Hanoi is delighted to present “Night Rain” – a concert of the Hanoi New Music Ensemble.

1. Vu Nhat Tan and Pham Truong Son: Electronic & Violin
2. Nguyen Thien Dao: “Khói Trương Chi” for Đàn Bầu
3. Vu Nhat Tan: “Mưa” for String Quartet
4. Arnold Schoenberg: “Transfigured Night” (Vietnamese Premiere)



“Night Rain” comes to Hà Nội, the next program of the Hà Nội New Music Ensemble!
Schoenberg‘s ”Transfigured Night” receives its Vietnamese premiere, a big step forward for my hardworking friends. I’m happy Ngo Tra My will perform a work written for her by Nguyễn Thiên Đạo, the Xenakis of Asia.
Technology guru Vũ Nhật Tân will have two works on the program. The Vietnamese understand family better than anything – I’ve tagged our friends in Schoenberg‘s family, so from Los Angeles to Vienna to Hà Nội to Venice best wishes all around!

Hanoi New Music Ensemble members and conductor:
– Jeff Von Der Schmidt: Conductor
– Vu Nhat Tan: Composer, Electronic player
– Pham Truong Son: Violin
– Vu Thi Khanh Linh: Violin
– Khuc Van Khoa: Viola
– Tran Ngoc Thuy: Viola
– Dao Tuyet Trinh: Cello
– Nguyen Hong Anh: Cello
– Ngo Tra My: Đàn bầu

Night Rain home rehearsal
Pham Truong Son violin
Vu Nhat Tan electronic effects