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Saturday University: Breathing New Air into Tradition

Oct 13 2018

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

Breathing New Air into Tradition
Musician and composer Van-Anh Vo, dan tranh zither

Van-Anh Vo introduces the dan tranh Vietnamese zither, the sounds produced by plucking and bending its strings, and its music. Along with another zither dan bo, she performs traditional musical examples and talks about her new musical innovations and compositions.

About the Presenter

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo devotes her performance of the dan tranh zither to the creation of distinctive music that can only come from this unique Vietnamese instrument. Van-Anh graduated from the Vietnam Academy of Music. In Hanoi, she was an ensemble member of Vietnam National Music Theatre as well as a member of the traditional music group Ð?ng N?i Ensemble, which she founded and directed.

In addition to touring internationally, Vân-Ánh has presented her music at Carnegie Hall, Zellerbach Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and as a composer and guest artist for the Kronos Quartet at the Olympic Games 2012 Music Festival. Recently, she released her third CD Three-Mountain Pass with the Kronos Quartet as guest artists. She has composed and co-composed soundtracks for three documentary films; the soundtrack for Bolinao 52 won the 2009 Emmy Award.

Please note: South Hall doors open at 9:30 AM.


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206.442.8480 [email protected]

Full series tickets: $95; SAM members $50
Individual lecture tickets available at the door: $11, SAM members $6; free at the door for students with ID.
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.

Photo: Tung Nguyen

The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.