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Van-Anh Vanessa Vo dedicates her life to creating music on the dan
Tranh (16-string zither) and other traditional instruments of her
culture, fusing her traditional Vietnamese foundation with a freshness
of new structures and compositions.
Since settling in
California, she has been a collaborator and solo artist with such
musicians and groups as Kronos Quartet, Nguyen Le, Paul McCandless, Ali
Ryerson, Charles Loos, SOMEI Taiko Ensemble, Wobbly World, Winnie Wong
and the China Spirit Music Ensemble as well as lending her talents to
fundraising events for several non- profit organizations. Continually
cultivating the beauty and versatility of the dan Tranh to feature her
beloved instrument in an international music genre, Van-Anh has been
co-composer and arranger for the film Daughter from Danang (2002) which
was nominated for an Oscar® and won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for
Best Documentary. She has also been a co-composer and performer on the
soundtrack for the Emmy® Award-winning program Bolinao 52 (2008), and
the multiple award-winning film A Village Called Versailles (2009).
Van-Anh released her newest CD “She’s Not She” with award-winning
composer Do. Ms Van-Anh began studying the dan tranh from the age of
four, and graduated with distinction from the Vietnam Academy of Music.
In 1995, Van-Anh won the championship in the Vietnam National Dan Tranh
Competition along with the first prize for best solo performance of
modern folk music. She has since performed in more than fourteen
countries and recorded in many broadcast programs inside and outside of
Vietnam. Her first CD “Twelve Months, Four Seasons” was released in
2002. She lives in California where she teaches dan tranh and
other Vietnamese traditional instruments, and has been chosen to be a
speaker and performer at the TEDx
conference held there in October 2011.
Vanessa Vo has been a highly valued member of the Listen for Life
family since 2010, when she was one of 120 international musicians who
generously donated their cultural gifts to perform in Listen for Life’s
annual UN International Peace Day (www.listenforlife.org/peaceday)
music events that we held in the United States, UK, and Eastern Europe.
She has been helping to plan and prepare this special program for
Carnegie Hall and beyond, as she is excited to represent her Vietnamese
culture and instruments in other locations and venues.