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Saturday, October 11, 2014 Options
Tri Minh's Quartet - New Directions in Vietnamese Music

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Vietnam's indie, experimental and improv music scene is still in its early days. Keyboardist and electronic musician Tri Minh is one of its driving forces. He's the mastermind of Vietnam's first international electronic / experimental music festival, Hanoi Sound Stuff. And he brings together traditional and modern instruments and motifs both as a sound-artist and bandleader. His innovative trad / modern hybrid quartet is on its first US tour thanks to the US State Dept's Center Stage program - which aims to build mutual understanding through cultural exhange. Tri Minh's Quartet brings its international goodwill mission to WFMU tonight!

Here’s more on Tri Minh and the group’s background, courtesy of ace world music publicity crew Rock Paper Scissors:

The twang of the zither against the overtone-laden bamboo mouth harp, hinting at tradition one moment, and the analog experiments of midcentury electronic music the next. Sweet jazz piano and hand drums, juxtaposing electronic and organic. These are the sounds of Hanoi, where open-ended experimentation is coming into its own in Vietnam’s capital city.

At the hub of this scene, contemporary sound artist Trí Minh, the Hanoi Conservatory-trained composer, jazz pianist, and all-around musical instigator, has created his own platform for creative work at home and abroad. As founder of the Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival, Trí Minh has worked with musicians from highly diverse backgrounds, collaborated with internationally respected DJs and electronic musicians like Robert Henke, Robin Scanner, and Dickson Dee, and played sets around the world.

In a program titled Sounds from Hanoi, Trí Minh’s Quartet uses improvisation—a vital, though differently expressed component of both Vietnamese traditional forms and jazz – to create a dialogue between instruments in ways that echo Hanoi’s experimental side, a side Trí Minh and his friends connect with the growing voice of civil society in Vietnam.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Khun Narin Electric Phin Band: Show Wong Khun Narin Options / Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band / * (0:00:00 )
Did I hear a quote of Uskadara early in the song?

Khana Phloenphit: Molamsing Waichap Chut 7 (Side B exc) Options / Molamsing Waichap Chut 7 (0:09:53 )

Soraphet Phinyo + Nongnut Duangchiwan: Num Na Khao Na Kluea Options / Num Na Khao Na Kluea (0:17:59 )

Dao Bandon: La Nong Pai Chat Rai Kan Options / Chan Di Khi Foi (0:20:50 )

The Impossibles: Sarika Ha Khu Options / Raroeng Chon (0:23:57 )

Kenny Wolleson and the Himalayas Marching Band: Bear Away Options / Various Artists: Son of Rogues Gallery (0:27:56 )
GIG: They're one of the five (or six) activist brass bands playing this Thursday's HONK NYC! / WFMU collaboration at WFMU's Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St. here in Jersey City - just one stop on the PATH train from WTC to Exchange Place!

Madala Kunene: Sani Bonani Options / Kon'ko Man / B&W (0:38:31 )
GIG: Tonight, Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, 9 pm (with Phuzekhemisi), part of the Ubuntu Festival

Phuzekhemisi: Wesipko Options / Colors of Africa / Gallo (0:42:40 )

Puseletso Seema & Tau Ea Linare: He O Oe Oe! Options / He O Oe Oe! / Globestyle (0:49:53 )

Udokotela Shange Namajaha: Awungilobolele (Can You Pay Lobola for Me) Options / Various Artists: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto / Shanachie (0:50:14 )

Amaphisi: Vuk'uyoshela Options / Various Artists: City Shoes, Rural Blues / Sterns (0:53:59 )

Simpiwe Matole: Monaza Options / Various Artists: Jazzin' & Jivin' / Melt 2000 (0:58:04 )

Djessou Mory Kante: Nan Koura Options / River Strings / Sterns / * (1:05:38 )

Oumar Konate: Ayere Yere (Shake That Thing) Options / Addoh / Clermont Music (1:10:34 )
GIG: TONIGHT @ Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, Midnight

Noura Mint Seymali: Tikifite Options / Tzehni / Glitter Beat / * (1:14:54 )

Kiran Ahluwalia: Jhoom Options / Sanata: Stillness / Kiran Music / * (1:18:40 )

U Srinivas & Chingari: Bombay Makossa Options / Bombay Makossa / Abstract Logix / * (1:24:49 )
U Srinivas (who just passed away) collab w/ Ranujit Barot, Etienne Mbappe

Arnold Chiwalala Band: Bandubandu Options / Wito Chizentele (1:30:18 )
One of the late Hukwe Zawose's students at Bagamoyo Music School in Tanzania - but now lives in Finlan d and here he's playing the Finnish plucked dulcimer type instrument, kantele.

Värttinä: Vietavia - For the Taking Options / Utu / Rockadillo Records (1:33:23 )

Environmental Encroachment: Hashia Options (1:41:55 )
GIG: They're one of the five (or six) activist brass bands playing this Thursday's HONK NYC! / WFMU collaboration at WFMU's Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St. here in Jersey City - just one stop on the PATH train from WTC to Exchange Place!

Freedom (Hourya): Abadane Options / Various Artists: 1970's Algerian Folk and Pop / Sublime Frequencies / * (1:48:29 )

Rachid & Fethi: Ana Ghrib Options / Various Artists: 1970's Algerian Folk and Pop / Sublime Frequencies (1:52:23 )

Hoba Hoba Spirit: Dark Bendir Army Options / Marock'n Roll (1:57:41 )
From Casablanca - our guests on this show next week!

Tri Minh's Quartet: Live on WFMU Options / Songs: Dialogue (CD Track), the live performance includes Wading Ashore (Dan Tranh Solo), Dan Moi (mouth Harp solo), Hanoi New Landscape, Sound From Hanoi and Good Bye. (2:00:40 )




Listener comments!

  Sat. 10/11/14 6:04pm Chris:

Hi Rob, thanks for playing Khun Narin Electric Phin Band again. I sought them out after last week's show!
Avatar Sat. 10/11/14 6:04pm Dave B:

These guys rock... Really happy story on their discovery. I jus hope they make some money off the deal...
Avatar    Sat. 10/11/14 6:11pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone, thanks for listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/11/14 6:22pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- opener was fantastic ! ...
  Sat. 10/11/14 6:55pm Tom P, Brooklyn:

Udokotela Shage Namajaha - great Zulu music - reminded me I have this album but misplaced it - need to find it.
Avatar    Sat. 10/11/14 6:56pm Rob W:

Oh yes Tom, it's a golden oldie - better dig it up!
  Sat. 10/11/14 7:01pm Tom P, Brooklyn:

Rob, I will! Listening to all these tracks - this musical style has a difficult to define hypnotic and inspiring effect.
Avatar    Sat. 10/11/14 7:24pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob! This 'Jhoom' track is fantastic!
Avatar    Sat. 10/11/14 7:25pm Rob W:

Thanks Bas, glad you liked it!
Avatar    Sat. 10/11/14 7:35pm maestroso:

Ooh, Varttina! Yes.
Avatar    Sat. 10/11/14 7:36pm Jherweg:

I just made a Pledge to Rob's show!!!! I suggest you all do the same!
Avatar    Sat. 10/11/14 7:36pm maestroso:

Oh, and Hi Rob! Busy prepping for a trip to Japan. Loving the show.
Avatar    Sat. 10/11/14 7:44pm Rob W:

Thank you Jherweg! Bon voyage maestroso!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/11/14 8:22pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- ! - what a lovely & interesting performance ! ; it must be something to actually be there w/ the tonalities of these instruments so beautifully played.
- Thx to Tri Minh's Quartet, Engineer, & yourself Rob !
Avatar Sat. 10/11/14 8:27pm ! I X Key !:

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Avatar Sat. 10/11/14 8:28pm ! I X Key !:

! Here we are, here on the internet (o:
  Sat. 10/11/14 8:36pm P-90:

@Trih Min & Rob W: Excellent, beautiful performance! Thank you.
Avatar Sat. 10/11/14 8:37pm ! I X Key !:

That was really really wonderful music to hear
Avatar    Sat. 10/11/14 8:55pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob & Tri Minh's Quartet!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 10/11/14 8:59pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Great show tonight. Have a good week, Rob!
Avatar Wed. 10/22/14 2:15pm Mdurek:

Played at the same fest as U Srinivas in Thane... he inspired me very deeply in just that one concert. Thanks for spinning him, he'll be missed
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