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Young sax player performs to make VN love jazz

Jan 12, 2005

Vietnamnews - Saxophonist Quyen Thien Dac marks his return to Viet Nam after three years of study at the Berklee College of Music, in the USA, with his first-ever solo concert last night at the Ha Noi Opera House.

DacDac, 26, son of meritorious artist Quyen Van Minh, devoted the first of his two-night concert to classical compositions for saxophone and jazz.

The night opened with Jacques Ibert’s Concertino Da Camera. Other works included A Little Shepherd (Claude Debusy), Scaramouche (Darius Milhaud), Peace (Horace Silver), Groovin’s High (Dizzy Giilespie), and Pavane (Maurice Raver).

Song Hong (Red River) Jazz Band and several guests musicians from both northern and southern Viet Nam performed with Dac.

Tomorrow night, Dac will perform his own jazz compositions and compositions by Vietnamese musicians, including his father.

"I composed these works in a new style that mixes Vietnamese folk music with jazz," said Dac.

The works to be performed include Cha Va Con (Father and Son), Dem tai Boston (Night at Boston), Cau Chuyen Dai (Long Story), Chau Toi (My Nephew) and others by his father and Luu Quang Minh including Nho Ve Hau Giang (Longing for Hau Giang), Cho Xa (Far Market), Xuan Tren Kinh Bac (Spring in Northern Capital).

"Through the concert, I want to make Vietnamese audiences love jazz more," Dac said.

Dac has released two new CDs, Su Toa Sang Trong Tam Hon (Expansion in Quiet Places) and Viet Nam Bong Dang Que Huong (Viet Nam, Shadow of My Homeland).

"I made the two CDs in the US with support from my professor and classmates," said Dac.

Expansion in Quiet Places focuses on contemporary jazz, with six works composed by Dac and two works composed by his professor Fled Lipsius, while Viet Nam, Shadow of My Homeland features Dac’s new jazz style which combines Vietnamese folk music and jazz.

Dac studied clarinet at the Ha Noi Conservatory of Music from 1991 until 1994, when he began studying saxophone with his father, the conservatory’s lecturer. In 2000, Dac won a scholarship to study performance jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts for performance jazz.

Dac majored in performance at Berklee and graduated in May 2004 with the highest marks and was awarded the Berklee College Award for Woodwind Department Achievement.

"What I learned in Berklee was really helpful to my music career. I consider it a great progress," said Dac.

Dac will perform at the HCM City Opera House on January 28 and 29.

Tickets for Ha Noi concert are available at the opera house, 1 Trang Tien Street and Minh’s jazz club, 31 Luong Van Can Street for between VND200,000 and VND400,000.

vietnamnews 12-1-2005

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