Great moment last October 2018 with students from the prestigious music school X4M in Torino-Italy. We presented 2 rare instruments: the dan-tranh (Vietnamese zither) and the weissenborn. Some memorable excerpts here.here.
Last year, Roberto, an outstanding Sardinian/Italian musician, and I had our albums selected for the first round of the 60th Grammys. We ran into each other’s music, listened, and decided that after the voting season, we would begin working together. It was “music at first sight” for both of us. We’ve just released our first single together, and full album will be out before the end of the year. More to come, more to share with you! Click to listen here!
February 2018. The Independant Music Awards, one of the world’s most prestigious awards in the music industry. Beyond Borders, Tri Nguyen’s third album, is in World Beat category with four other major international albums. This should be the first time that a Vietnamese artist is in the finals of an international competition.
About the EP : A Journey Between Worlds
A musical odyssey from the Mekong to the Mediterranean
On my first album, “Consonnances” I attempted to bring together two of the world’s great musical traditions: the western string quartet and the Vietnamese zither; two tradictions that have spanned the centuries.
For my nex recording “A Journey Between Worlds”, I am joined by the extraordinary oud player QaÏs Saadi. In doing so, i am bringing together two musical styles that have never met before! Just as in “Consonnances”, I have set out to create a new type of music, fuding vietnamese instruments and melodies and modes with foreign musical styles. I am doing this because of my own bi-cultural upbringing – and because I want people to know about Vietnamese music! Not just as a museum piece or something to be heard at ethnic festivals, but a living music that people can feel, and identify with regardless of frontiers, borders, nationality or race. So what better way to accomplish this than with meeting and performing with musicians from different cultures? I hope my musical journey will encourage others to open their ears and hearts and experience the beauty that is possible when strangers become friends through the sacred act of making music.
All the songs on this EP have been inspired by authentic, traditional Vietnamese music, but have been recomposed, recreated and expanded, while retaining the spirit and structure of the original melodies.