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
Links https://www.facebook.com/events/183781682556924/

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 manzihanoi@gmail.com before Thurs 6 Sept 2018 to reserve seats.
Please note that the programme is not appropriate for audience under 12.
Communications partners:
Hanoi Grapevine http://hanoigrapevine.com/
The Word Vietnam http://wordvietnam.com/
Hanoi New Music Ensemble https://hanoinewmusicensemble.org/
Dong Kinh Co Nhac https://www.facebook.com/dongkinhconhac/

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


Thoughts of the Winter Moon

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:

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)


02. NguyễnThiênĐạo:
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.

03. VũNhậtTân:
“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.

Musiques Anciennes | La musique de Palais et les Chants des Cités Antiques

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