Sophisticated, versatile and lithe, Tri Minh's Quartet binds electronica, acoustic instruments, and traditional Vietnamese motifs in a program of collaborative and improvised works. The Quartet includes: Trí Minh, piano, and electronics, Phạm Trà My, đàn tranh (16 string zither), Đức Minh, mouth harp and Hà Đình Huy, drums and percussion.
Sounds From Hanoi opens a window onto one of the world's unsung contemporary music scenes. Trí Minh's Quartet uses improvisation-a vital, though differently expressed component of both Vietnamese traditional forms and jazz - to create a dialogue between instruments in ways that echo Hanoi's experimental side, a side Trí Minh and his friends connect with the growing voice of civil society in Vietnam.
"Like other trailblazers of his generation, Minh is using his creativity, connections and education to forge an artistic identity that is unmistakably global - yet uniquely Vietnamese - in the ever-widening spaces of Vietnam's ongoing liberalization." Vietnam Investment Review: Timeout
The presentation of Tri Minh's Quartet is part of Center Stage, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with additional support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council. General Management for Center Stage is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.
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