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On Sunday night, Earshot Jazz Festival presented Tri Minh Quartet: Sounds from Hanoi at the PONCHO CONCERT HALL, CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS.

This much-traveled pianist, a masterful mentor to a wholly new musical amalgam, excelled in composition at Hanoi Conservatory of Music and then revolutionized the jazz and electronica scenes of his city and country, infusing those genres with local elements. His quartet for piano, zither, and traditional and contemporary instruments is rivetingly fresh.

In 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.

Here is a link to the 2014 Earshot Jazz Festival Schedule

 

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