15 8月

[SR-008] Vu Nhat Tan – Sunday Afternoon

Vu Nhat Tan (b. August 8, 1970, Hanoi). Vietnamese composer of orchestral, chamber, piano, and multimedia works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and elsewhere.

Mr. Vu studied piano with Nhat Anh at the National Conservatory of Music in Hanoi, where he earned a certificate in 1987 and degrees in secondary education in composition and musicology in 1991. He then studied composition and musicology with Tran Trong Hung there from 1991-95 and graduated with his BMus. He later studied computer music with Clarence Albertson Barlow and new music with Johannes Fritsch at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne in 2000-01, on a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. In addition, he studied composition with Chinary Ung at the University of California at San Diego in 2002 as a guest student.

His honors include Third Prize in the composition for traditional instruments competition of the Vietnam Composers Association in Hanoi (1992, for Chamber Piece for Traditional Vietnamese Instruments [withdrawn]) and First Prize in the Saint-German-en-Laye competition (1995, for Ky Uc – Memory). He has also received four prizes from the Vietnam Composers Association (1998, for Ngu Doi Dang Dan – Interplay of Five Instruments; 2001, for Phac Thao 2000 – Outline 2000; 2002, for Nhip Don Nhip Kep – Simple Meter, Compound Meter; 2003, for Ao Don Ao Kep – Four-Part Vietnamese Dress). Most recently, he received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council (2002), which enabled him to research contemporary music and ethnomusicology in the USA. His music has been performed in Australia, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Mongolia, Switzerland, the USA, and Vietnam, including at the Roaring Hoofs Festival in Ulaanbaatar (2000), the Louisiana Festival of Contemporary Music in Baton Rouge (2002), the Totally Huge New Music Festival in Perth (2003), and the Asian Music Festival in Tokyo (2003).

He is also active in other positions. He created the multimedia performance projects Dem Dai – Sleepless Night (2001), on a grant from the Arts Network Asia in Singapore, Chao HoiAn (2002), on a grant from the British Council in Hanoi, KhaT (2003), Space of Traditional and Contemporary Music in China (2003), on a grant from the Arts Network Asia, and Pito (2004), on a grant from the Ford Foundation. He has performed on numerous occasions as a pianist and sáo tre (bamboo flute)-player in contemporary and improvisational music in Australia, China and Vietnam. Furthermore, he gave improvisational music concerts and workshops in Hue in 2004.

He has lectured on composition and musicology at the National Conservatory of Music in Hanoi since 1995. He has also guest-lectured on Vietnamese music in Australia and Vietnam.

Subspine Records released:
[SR-008] Vu Nhat Tan – Sunday Afternoon
(http://www.subspine.org/releases/SR-008-Vu.Nhat.Tan-Sunday.Afternoon.rar)
Experimental, Electroacustic