Artist Huong Thanh: Vietnam folk-music ambassador in Europe
France Musique is planning to record a CD full of
The Vietnamese, who love folklore and reformed theater songs, remember artist Huu Phuoc who shared fame with other artists Thanh Duoc, Ut Tra on and Bay Bain their times. Huong Thanh is his daughter. Reformed theater songs were impregnated with Thanh’s soul from her observation of her father’s performances every night when she was a child.
At the age of 17, Huong Thanh and her parents left
With a passion for singing, however, father Huu Phuoc and daughter Huong Thanh were determined to follow their chosen fate and lure new audiences. They performed nightly in a Vietnamese restaurant in
A meeting with Nguyen Le, a guitarist sof Vietnamese native, who is very famous in the jazz community in
Late May, for the first time, koto, a musical instrument from Japan, accompanying with Vietnam’s folklore songs was played by Mieko Miyazaki and Huong Thanh brought audiences in Paris into a new world. They had a chance to go through three regions of
Not only Vietnamese were moved by such folk-songs, the French too, who said that although they did not understand the theme they were charmed by the friendly and flexible show between Vietnamese and Japanese artists. Ms Virginie said: “I know the koto instrument but this is the first time I hear Vietnamese folk-song. I seem to live in another world when I attend such a performance”.
The melody of Vietnamese traditional folk-song is much different to European music. So that Huong Thanh regularly changes her partner in each show to step by step win the audience’s hearts.
Besides sharing the feeling to the overseas Vietnamese audience, she longs to introduce the proud beauty of Vietnamese traditional culture to international friends. She has traveled to perform for overseas Vietnamese in
She is sometimes ranked second in the World Music group in