Seasonal Special Happenings

A String Thing

When: Sun., Oct. 26 2014

The 16-string dan Tranh is a zither with moveable bridges. Chances are, you haven't seen one. So why not head to the Transformer Station to check out Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ, a musician who draws on different traditional genres found in her native Vietnam to craft new arrangements and compositions. She'll play the thing at tonight's concert that will also find her bringing a contemporary sound to old traditions. Whether collaborating with Kronos Quartet and fellow Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Le, Võ reveals "the great breadth and flexibility of the traditional styles she spent decades perfecting with master musicians and at the conservatory in Hanoi." She "pushes the envelope of the past, engaging sounds and complex, multi-layered concepts to unfurl new spaces for the music she loves." Tonight's concert begins at 7:30 and tickets are $20, $18 for CMA members. (Niesel)

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