Echoes of Ancestral Voices : Traditional Music of Vietnam
Following on from their beautiful and evocative disc Landscapes of Time (described by ABC Radio National as "an enchanted journey across the soundscapes of Vietnam"), Le Tuan Hung and Dang Kim Hien present Echoes of Ancestral Voices, a collection of Vietnamese traditional music.
Authentic versions of pieces from various classical and folk traditions are carefully realised with musical and linguistic aspects relevant to each tradition. Many of the pieces were inspired by the landscape, rivers and torrid history of Vietnam. The collection also features lullabys from the North, Centre and South of the country.
The beauty of the music is also enhanced by the performers mastery of performance practices of various Vietnamese musical genres and their personal touch in performance.
North Vietnamese Lullabies
Central Vietnamese Lullabies
South Vietnamese Lullabies
On Hearing the Night Drum, Missing My Husband
Kieu at the Ngung Bich Tower
Four Grand Landscapes
Earth Drum Song
Press Quotes“Serious dedication to and mastery of the authentic traditional forms ... Rich new compositions. One of the most rewarding musical experiences I have had in a long while ... [Le and Dang] contributed greatly to the purpose of introducing Vietnamese music of the highest quality to American audiences.”
— Program Director of American Composers Forum, World Festival of Vietnamese Music, Minnesota 1996“Le and Dangs' compositions transcend the boundaries of East and West and represent a new direction in Australian experimental music.”
— Whitney Museum of American Art, New York“Dang Kim Hien's Vietnamese lullabies ... are astonishingly beautiful and haunting”
— Experimental Musical Instruments
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