Khac Chi Ensemble | Spirit of Vietnam

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Spirit of Vietnam

by Khac Chi Ensemble

The land is so full of life, that poetry and songs seem almost inadequate to describe it. This CD explores a small fraction of Vietnamese songs from North to South, and from the highlands to the coast.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Spirit of Vietnam/Hồn Việt
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2. Girl of the Forest/Hơjen Lên Rẫy
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3. Village Dances/Hội Làng
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4. Love Under the Moonlight/Tỏ Tình Dưới Trăng
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5. The Wedding Horse/Lý Ngựa Ô
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6. Land of Lullabies/Mảnh Đất Lời Ru
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7. On the Bamboo Bridge/Bên Cầu Tre
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8. Fisherman's Song/Lý Kéo Chài
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9. Picking Flowers/Hái Hoa
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10. Highland Festival/Hội Xuân Cao Nguyên
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11. When the Wind Calls/Hẹn Hò
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12. Expressions of Love/Tỏ Tình
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13. Spirit of Vietnam (reprise, voice)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Spirit of Vietnam - the "Best Global Recording" and CARAS (Canadian Arts and Science) Award Nominee!

Spirit of Vietnam features twelve Vietnamese traditional, folk and contemporary songs which very popular from North to Middle and Southern regions. Using over 10 unique instruments of Vietnam, their music leave a lasting impression of a true celebration of love and life, and a deep expression of the Spirit of Vietnam. CD booklet contains background on the instruments and the songs.

Khac Chi – Sounds of Vietnam features two of Vietnam’s premiere musicians, performing concerts of exquisite beauty and virtuosity. Came to Canada in 1992, Khac Chi is one of the very few Vietnamese touring ensembles in North America. Their rare talents and superb musicianship have won them numerous awards for excellence, as well as many invitations to play all over Canada, the US, Europe and Asia to perform for the audience of all ages. They have performed numbers of major festivals such as WOMAD Festivals in UK and USA; SFINKS Festival in Belgium, Kaustin Folk Music Festival in Finland, Mela Festival in Norway, Festival d’ete in France, Rain-Forest World Music Festival in Malaysia, Sori Music Festival in S. Korea, Brunei, …and of cause their performances also appear at the major festivals in Canada such as Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Montreal and Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Sunfest, Harbourfront, Calgary and Vancouver Children Festival,…

Khac Chi has set out to bring their traditional music to western audience in ways those audiences can appreciate and enjoy it. For Khac Chi, this has meant coming up with lively new arrangements of Vietnamese traditional, folk, contemporary tunes and creative stage antics to capture their listeners. The group honors their music by performing mostly on the instruments that are very unique, indigenous to Vietnam as well as the instruments invented by Khac Chi’s members.

Khac Chi has released three CDs:
“The Sounds of Dan Bau”
“Spirit of Vietnam” - Best Global Recording" and CARAS (Canadian Arts and Science) Award Nominee
“Moon Light in Vietnam”– Top Ten World Music Chat! Labeled and distributed by Rounder Record in US

More information about the group, please visit www.khacchi.com


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Lucky Oceans

listening to music from an alternate universe.
Imagine a musical world where the violinist holds a plastic disc in her mouth so she can alter her sound by changing the shape of her mouth. Imagine a flute designed to be played by three musicians at once. What about an instrument that you don't touch, but move your hands to manipulate its airflow? Listen to the electric one string instrument similar to a tea chest bass. Are we talking about an avant-garde music ensemble? No - these are the traditional instruments played by the Khac Chi Ensemble a Vietnamese Duo now based in Canada. The sounds of their CD - 'Spirit of Vietnam' - might make you wonder if you're listening to music from an alternate universe.
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