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Photo by Nguyen Xuan Hoang

Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Transformer Station

About The Event

A masterful player of the 16-string dan Tranh—a zither with moveable bridges and the springy, bending tones resembling the koto—and the pitch-bending monochord dan Bau, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ draws on the dozens of traditional genres found in Vietnam to craft new arrangements and compositions. Whether setting a sensual 18th-century poem to a newly invented instrument or completely upending one of Satie’s Gnossiennes, Võ brings virtuosic subtlety and profound emotion to her work, a keen ear for the essence of her roots and their potential resonance with contemporary sounds. In collaboration with Kronos Quartet and fellow Vietnamese trailblazer, guitarist Nguyen Le, in her work with orchestras and Japanese taiko drum ensembles, Võ reveals the great breadth and flexibility of the traditional styles she spent decades perfecting with master musicians and at the conservatory in Hanoi. Now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Võ pushes the envelope of the past, engaging sounds and complex, multi-layered concepts to unfurl new spaces for the music she loves. “To say Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ is taking Vietnamese traditional music and instruments in a new direction feels like an understatement. She has redefined it.” (fROOTS Magazine)

$20; CMA members $18



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