Ancient Ensemble of Tonkin, Hanoi, Hanoi New Music Ensemble, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Luong Hue Trinh, Manila Composers Lab, Ngo Tra My, Nguyen Duy, Nguyen Thien Dao, Olivier Messiaen, Pham Tra My, Tet Offensive 1968, Thanh Hoai, Vietnam War, Vu Nhat Tan, Xuan Hoạch
In the Path of the Ancestors is my next concert with the Hà Nội New Music Ensemble. My friends here always find wonderful and poetic titles for our programs, they can’t do otherwise. In a long career devoted to new music, conducting over forty world premieres, numerous recording sessions, securing commissions, animating second performances, planning tours and collaborations, this concert at 20h00 in the Grand Hall of the Việt Nam National Conservatory of Music on Friday March 22, 2019 still looms as a milestone.
Three generations of composers are coming together. My Hà Nội New Music Ensemble will be joined by a cast of national treasures, whiz-bang technology, guests from the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and the light bearing Ancient Ensemble of Tonkin/Đông Kinh Cổ Nhạc led by Đàm Quang Minh. Cue national and international television broadcast by the major network of Việt Nam, VTV1!
For a new music concert? For a new music group four years old? Yes. After thirty years of new music work in the United States, this Vietnamese recognition is, trust me, a genuine milestone.