Celebrating Asian Futures: A Musical Conversation with Vân-Ánh Võ and Friends
Explore the richness of Asian musical traditions and the power of new composition with performances by artists of Vietnamese, Japanese, and Khmer heritage.
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Bay Area–based Vietnamese composer and multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ joins in musical conversations with artists of Japanese and Khmer heritage. Võ partners with longtime collaborator Jimi Nakagawa to present a daring work of transnational musical communication, with Võ on the dan tranh (zither) and Nakagawa on taiko drum. Cambodian royal dance master and vocalist Charya Burt also joins Võ to preview their work-in-progress on the cultural connections along the Mekong River. Following the performance, the artists discuss the richness of Asian musical traditions and the power of new composition in a conversation moderated by Khatharya Um, associate professor of Asian American and Asian diaspora studies at UC Berkeley.
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Co-presented with the Vietnamese American Non-Governmental Organization (VANGO) Network.
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