Music as Conversation with Vân-Ánh Võ and the Blood Moon Orchestra
On-site at the museum
Vân-Ánh Võ presents "Resilience: Building Strength through Community Experiences," the second installment of two interactive performances.
Award-winning Vietnamese composer and traditional multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ presents “Resilience: Building Strength through Community Experiences,” the second installment of two interactive performances. Together with special guest artist Charya Burt, and Võ’s musical collective, Blood Moon Orchestra, Võ will share stories of immigrant communities’ resilience through music and movement.
This program is presented in partnership with the Vietnamese American Non-Governmental Organization (VANGO) Network and Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN).
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Vân-Ánh Võ is an award-winning composer and master instrumentalist, whose music blends the unique sounds of Vietnamese traditional instruments with other musical genres. She has collaborated with the Kronos Quartet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and the Oakland Symphony and has presented her music at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center. She co-composed music for the Academy Award–nominated “Daughter from Danang” (2002) and the Emmy Award-winning soundtrack for “Bolinao 52” (2008). Her latest CD, “Three-Mountain Pass,” was selected as one of NPR’s Best 10 World Music CDs of 2013. Võ has received the Artist Laureate Award from Silicon Valley Creates for her dedication to serving communities through the arts.
Charya Burt is an acclaimed master dancer, choreographer, vocalist, and teacher of classical Cambodian dance who has injected new life into the dance form by creating inventive new works. Following the Khmer Rouge genocide, Burt trained extensively with Cambodia’s foremost surviving dance masters, eventually joining the dance faculty of Cambodia’s Royal University of Fine Arts. Since emigrating in 1993, Burt has performed throughout the United States and has trained thousands of dance students in California. A 2019–2020 Dance/USA Fellow and Isadora Duncan Award recipient for individual performance, she is founder and artistic director of Charya Burt Cambodian Dance.
This program is supported by a grant from the California Arts Council and the Hewlett Foundation.