Experience two exquisite Asian musical traditions in a single evening. Sitarist and Ravi Shankar protégé Paul Livingstone performs North Indian raga, and in her MicroFest debut, Van-Ahn Vo plays Vietnamese traditional and original music on 16-string dan tranh zither and the haunting Vietnamese monochord, the dan bau. The evening will culminate in a collaboration between the two artists renowned for their cross-cultural improvisational prowess.
Vo’s energy and enthusiasm for musical creativity seems to transcend any particular instrument and instead feed off a fundamental sonic curiosity, as well as a desire to reflect on her cultural heritage and share those sounds with new ears.
— New Music Box
Van-Ahn Vo’s Innova release Three Mountain Pass was chosen as one of NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2013:
The myriad colors and emotions she evokes in her playing are nothing less than extraordinary. The same can be said for the exquisite expression she conjures from the single-stringed dan bau, heard to a haunting effect on her cross-cultural transformation of Erik Satie’s.