In 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
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
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.
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.
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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
Hanoi New Music Ensemble, Dong Kinh Co Nhac and the VNTG are present
Friday 20h 02-02-2018 VietNam National Academy of Music No.77. Hao Nam st. —– Dong Da dist, HANOI
We are opening our season 2018 with:
THOUGHTS OF THE WINTER MOON
The program will be all Vietnamese music with
Nguyen Thien Dao
Vu Nhat Tan
Nguyen Minh Nhat
and The Ancient Music Group of Tonkin Dong Kinh Co Nhac
Conductor: Grammy Award-winning Jeff Von Der Schmidt.
Seats are reserved by contacts bellow and they are FREE of charged.
You are invited!
01. Ancient Vietnamese Music: “Đàn-Phách”
Đông Kinh Cổ Nhạc The Ancient Music Group of Tonkin “The harmony of three Vietnamese traditional instruments (Nguyet, Nhi, Tranh) with the rhythms of bamboo percussion and leather cover (De drum, Com drum)
TuyếnLửa (movement from complete piece for string quartet & percussion)
PhạmTrườngSơn, violin 1-VũThịKhánhLinh, violin 2-KhúcVănKhoa, viola – ĐàoTuyếtTrinh,cello – LữMạnhCường, Gõ.
In 1969 the work of “Fire Rings” at the International Festival of Modern Art Royan, Nguyen Thien Dao is a Vietnamese name emerged as a phenomenon in the academic world. The work is epic about the fierce struggle of the Vietnamese people.
“Châm” for String Quartet
TrườngSơn, KhánhLinh, VănKhoa, Tuyết Trinh
“Cha^m” được sáng tác vào năm 2001 khi Vu Nhat Tan đang học sáng tác và âm nhạc điện tử tại Hochshulefuer Music Cologne, Đức. Tan được truyền cảm hứng bởi sự pha trộn giữa 2 yếu tố: âm nhạc điện tử và Âm nhạc cổ truyền Việt Nam. Tác phẩm Châm chính là kết quả pha trộn giữa 2 yếu tố này.
“Cha^m” was composed in 2001 when Vu Nhat Tan was studying composition and electronic music at Hochshulefuer Music, Cologne, Germany. Tan is inspired by a mixture of two elements: electronic music and Vietnamesetraditional music. The composition is the result of these two elements.
04. Nguyễn Minh Nhật:
Rise/Fall for Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano & String Quartet
NguyễnTrọngBằng, Flute -NguyễnQuốcBảo, Clarinet -PhạmTrườngSơn, Violin – VũThịKhánhLinh, violin -KhúcVănKhoa, viola – ĐàoTuyết Trinh, Cello – LữMạnhCường, Gõ – TrầnTháiLinh, Piano
“Rise and Fall” depicts a journey from a downfall to the process of rebuilding to rise again. Any downfall or failure tends to collapse quickly as it is constituted of factors, may it be personal or external that piles up overtime before reaching a limit. The piece starts first with the result that rapidly occurs due to past events and then is followed by causation, instead of the more typical cause-and-effect model. Therefore, what happens before the downfall and after the rebuilding stage is left unknown, leaving a sense of the music being unfinished and cyclical. The original idea and instrumentation have been thought to write for the Hanoi New Music Ensemble.
The Hanoi New Music Ensemble
is the first professional contemporary music ensemble in Vietnam. It’s mission is to present the finest Vietnamese new music throughout Vietnam and represent Vietnam to international audiences.
Composer and artistic director Vu Nhat Tan, and Pham Truong Son, violinist and executive director, founded the Ensemble in 2015 after Tan’s participation in the 2010 Ascending Dragon Cultural Exchange and Music Festival, the largest cultural exchange in history between the United States and Vietnam. Southwest Chamber Music (Los Angeles) produced the exchange with the support of the U.S. Department of State. In 2015, Southwest Chamber Music’s artistic director and conductor Jeff von der Schmidt, and executive director Jan Karlin, were appointed by Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture to become the first American artistic advisors to Vietnam and the Hanoi New Music Ensemble.
The Hanoi New Music Ensemble performs in Hanoi at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, Manzi Art Space, InstitutFrançais de Hanoi – L’Espace, and the Goethe Institute. The members of the ensemble are amongst the nation’s finest professional musicians and teachers, serving as professors at the Vietnam National Academy of Music and also performing with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.
VIETNAMESE NEW MUSIC
Ho`a tie^’ng Nha.c Xu’a
A New Traditional Music Mix
for Vietnam Television Channel 1 [VTV1]
Vu Nhat Tan, piano
Nguyen Thuy Chi, dan Tranh
Pham Trang, dan Bau
Nguyen Hai Dang, dan Nhi
Nguyen Trong Thuy, traditional percussion
Institut Français de Hanoi – L’Espace
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội
January 20, 2018 at 8pm
Tel: (84-24) 39 36 21 64
“Ai vô xứ Huế, ai ra Bắc thành” là một đêm trình diễn âm nhạc của hai miền đất văn hiến: Huế và Hà Nội. Nhóm nghệ thuật Đông kinh cổ nhạc và câu lạc bộ Nhã nhạc và ca Huế Phú Xuân sẽ cùng đồng tấu trong đêm diễn những bài bản cổ truyền kinh điển của hai miền cố đô. Đây là cuộc gặp gỡ hiếm có của các bậc thầy ca nhạc hai miền. Giọng ca Huế trữ tình, quyền quý của nghệ nhân Thanh Tâm cùng hòa quyện với giọng ca Bắc phóng khoáng, bay bổng của NSND Thanh Hoài, tiếng hồ xẩm ấm áp của NSND Xuân Hoạch cùng vang vọng với giọng nhị Huế trầm tư của nghệ nhân Trần Thảo. Bằng lời ca, tiếng phách, tiếng sênh, chương trình muốn đưa lại cho khán giả những cảm thụ chân thật về tiếng nhạc Việt Nam
An exceptional evening that brings together Hanoi and Hue’s styles of folk music. The music groups Đông kinh cổ nhạc (Early Music of Tonkin) and Nhã nhạc – ca Huế Phú Xuân (Music from the Palace of Hue) will present music repertoires of these old capitals of Vietnam. Thanh Tam, the last vocalist of the Royal Court of Hue, will be joined by Thanh Hoai from the North regions with her signature voice. The sophisticated sounds of đàn nhị Huế (two-stringed bowed musical instrument) by Tran Thao will be accompanied by Xuan Hoach’s delicate hồ xẩm (a style of singing)
Soirée exceptionnelle qui réunit sur scène les deux styles de musiques anciennes du Vietnam. Le groupe Đông kinh cổ nhạc (musique ancienne de Tonkin) et le groupe Nhã nhạc – ca Huế Phú Xuân (musique du palais de Hue) présenteront le répertoire de leurs régions respectives. La voix pleine de noblesse et de douceur de Mme Thanh Tam, la dernière chanteuse de la Cour Royale de Hue, se joindra à la voix aux timbres typiques du delta du fleuve rouge de Mme Thanh Hoai. Les jeux sophistiqués de la vièle de Hue de M. Tran Thao seront accompagnés par les vibrations délicates du monocorde de M. Xuan Hoach
Hanoi New Music Ensemble and Dong Kinh Co Nhac the Ancient Music Group of Tonkin
MIRROR OF MEMORY
Tấm Gương Ký Ức
01. Nhạc Cổ “TIẾNG LÀNG”
Biểu diễn/ Perform by
Nhóm Đông Kinh Cổ Nhạc/The Ancient Music Group of Tonkin
Vietnamese Traditional Music” The Village’s Sound”
An opening piece that presents tradition Vietnamese music scenes of Cheo, Tuong and Communal temple music, to bring forward the full spectrum of Vietnamese traditional music
02. NGUYỄN MINH NHẬT
“Ca Trù” Prelude for/cho piano solo
Biểu diễn/Perform by Dr. Nguyễn Minh Anh
This piano Prelude is an attempt to imitate vocal fluctuations and vibrato found in ca tru using the equal tuning of the piano that has only semitones as the smallest intervals. This is contradictory as the singer is able to flexibly use microtones, which are smaller the semitones on the piano. But will using flashes of cluster to create a blur effect work?
The piece carries familiar Ca tru figures from the melody in the voice, the lute patterns and drums as the base material or inspiration for musical ideas.
03.TÔN THẤT TIẾT
Mirror of Memory for Stringquartet
Biểu diễn/Perform by the Hanoi New Music Ensemble Stringquartet
Miroir, memoires by Ton That Tiet was written in 2011 and is dedicated to Jeff Von der Schmidt, Jan Karlin and Southwest Chamber Music. The composer presented it to us in Paris as a surprise present thanking us for our work for new music in Vietnam. In three short movements, the quartet is quietly meditative, patient, sometimes active, but always returns to a sense of centered tranquility. Tiet writes that to understand his music one must study Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism, a spiritual journey infused by Asian thought and Western instruments.
04. VŨ NHẬT TÂN
KIM (Metal) for the Hanoi New Music Ensemble and Dong Kinh Co Nhac The Ancient Music Group of Tonkin
Dedicated to Stephen Lesser
Biểu diễn/Perform by the Hanoi New Music Ensemble and Dong Kinh Co Nhac The Ancient Music Group of Tonkin
“Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth” are the Five Natural Elements (or Five Movements) that constitute all things in ancient Asia philosophy
These Five Elements move back and forth in a Positive or Negative direction so that by its operation it produces life on earth
“Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth” is also the name of a poem about the human, life and environment of the 20th century, written by Nguyen Duy, an important author of modern Vietnamese literature
“Kim” is a piece of music that was created in the philosophical thinking and thought of the poem
“Kim” is the first element of the Five Movements. Kim is also the first piece to be written for both the Contemporary Music Group and Vietnamese Traditional Music Group
The work has the desire to open the door to the Movement of Sound and of Creative Thinking
Conductor Jeff Von der Schmidt
Artistic Adviser Jan Karlin
Hanoi New Music Ensemble
Phạm Trường Sơn, violin
Vũ Thị Khánh Linh, violin
Khúc Văn Khoa, viola
Đào Tuyết Trinh, cello
Nguyễn Quốc Bảo, clarinet
Nguyễn Trọng Bằng, flute
Nguyễn Nhật Quang, bộ gõ
Trần Thu Thủy, hát
Nhóm Đông Kinh Cổ Nhạc The Ancient Music Group of Tonkin
– NSND Xuân Hoạch
– NSND Minh Gái
– NSND Thanh Hoài
– NSUT Thúy Ngần
– NSUT Tuấn Cường
– Hiền Thảo, hát
– NSUT Văn Chính
– NSUT Đức Mười
– Nghệ nhân Đàm Quang Minh
– Nghệ sĩ Hữu Đạt
– Nghệ sĩ Thế Quang
– Nghệ sĩ Nguyễn Hải Đăng
– Nhà thơ Nguyễn Duy, đọc thơ/poet
VIETNAMESE NEW MUSIC
Presented by the traditional Vietnamese Music Ensemble “DONG KINH CO NHAC – The Ancient Music Group of Tonkin”
In cooperation with translator Mrs. Chu Thu Phương
Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) is one of the most important poets of Romanticism. His lyrics are in the canon of the German and world literature of the XIXth century. His “Lyrical Intermezzo” was translated into Vietnamese by the translator Chu Thu Phuong
His lyrics seems appropriate for an adaptation by the rich Vietnamese musical tradition of poetic performances. The music ensemble “DONG KINH CO NHAC” has prepared a program devoted to Heinrich Heine, entitled “Lyric and Tradition”. They will put Heine’s poems onto stage through a variety of Vietnamese theatrical such as “Tương tư khúc” of Huế singing, “Du Xuân” of Chèo, “Cờn Nam” and “Vãn” “of Chầu Văn.
Presentation and Reading Chu Thu Phương
Music ensemble DONG KINH CO NHAC
Transcription into Vietnamese lyrical forms Đàm Quang Minh
Traditional singing Künstlerin des Volkes Frau Thanh Hoài
Music edition Künstler des Volkes: Frau Thanh Hoài, Herr Vũ Nhật Tân
Musical styles Hát Chầu Văn; Ca Huế; Hát Chèo; Hát Tuồng; Hát Xẩm; Ngâm thơ Mới