Traditional-classical music from Vietnam. The Art of the Vietnamese Zither – Đàn Tranh – Tri Nguyen.
The Vietnamese zither, the Đàn Tranh (pronounce: dan chang), is cousin to the Chinese guzheng, Japanese koto and Korean gayageum. Whereas several recordings of these related instruments can be found, Đàn Tranh recordings have not been as abundant among the world music releases of recent years.
While the few Đàn Tranh-focused recordings available are masterful examples of traditional Vietnamese music, Tri Nguyen borrows from his bi-cultural background to present the Đàn Tranh in a new light, accompanied by western strings, percussion, and occasional world music influences. As a classically-trained pianist, Tri’s live concerts often feature piano recitals followed by ancient Vietnamese music on the Đàn Tranh. For Tri, this is representative of his own journey, immersed in two very different worlds: the western world of his education and classical training, and the Vietnamese tradition of his home and family life.
CD. The Art of the Vietnamese Zither – Đàn Tranh – Tri Nguyen.
Label: Arc Music (2019), code: EUCD2826 | Video