Preserving Vietnamese Tradition on Both Sides of the Pacific
In connection with Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere presentation of Bound, Vietnamese dan bau artist Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ and Dr. Alexander Cannon discuss the many ways that Vietnamese musicians are preserving traditional music both within and outside of Vietnam—from virtual media to new experiments in performance practice and composition.
About Dr. Alexander Cannon
Alexander M. Cannon is an ethnomusicologist specializing in the music of contemporary southern Vietnam and the music of Asia. He holds a B.A. in music and mathematical economics from Pomona College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. At the University of Michigan, he directed the Central Javanese gamelan ensemble and taught courses in world music and American music. He most recently taught world music and music history at Montclair State University.
About Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ
Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ graduated with distinction from the Vietnam Academy of Music, where she later taught. In Hanoi, she was an ensemble member of Vietnam National Music Theatre as well as a member of the traditional music group Đồng Nội Ensemble, which she founded and directed. Since settling in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001, she has collaborated with musicians across different genres to create new works, seeking to bring Vietnamese traditional music to a wider audience.
In collaboration with Houston Grand Opera. Asia Society Texas Center is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.