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Tran Quang Hai, a virtuoso of the dan tran zither as well as many other instruments, is also a well-known author and researcher. Singer Bach Yen started professional life as a Saigon pop singer before she went to Paris to study voice. Both have been working for years outside Vietnam: Bach Yen sings in Hebrew and several European languages as well as Vietnamese, and Tran Quang Hai's playing shows clear, though intermittent signs of influence by European harp playing. As you'd expect, their performances are colored by these experiences in a personal way that is rather different from the customary intercultural cross-fertilizations.


Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The journey of Vietnamese singer Bach Yen, whose name sounds like a craving for baroque music and means "white swallow," has been a round-trip one. She left her native land in the early '60s, heading for Paris and a dream of becoming an international pop star in the Edith Piaf style. From there the road led to America and mass television exposure alongside some of the icons of showbiz. But eventually the road led back to the East and her musical roots. She married Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist...
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Vietnam - Dreams & Reality, Bach Yen
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: World, Music, Asia
  • Released: 1988

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