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Van-Anh Vanessa Vo devotes her life-long passion and mastery of the dan tranh zither to the creation of distinctive music blended with a cultural essence that can only come from this unique Vietnamese instrument. Among her accomplishments are the 2009 Emmy® Award-winning soundtrack for the documentary “Bolinao 52”, which she co-composed and recorded, and the soundtrack for the Sundance best documentary and 2003 Academy Awards® nominee “Daughter from Danang”. Van-Anh also co-composed and recorded for the recent documentary “A Village Called Versailles”, winner of the New Orleans Film Festival Audience Award.

          Vo's "Three Mountain Pass," which includes her music and           traditional Vietnamese pieces played on a number of Vietnamese           instruments interestingly begs the question of what is American           music, especially since a knockout on the disc is her transcription           of French composer Erik Satie's "Gnossienne No. 3." - Mark Swed;           Los Angeles Times

          It’s gorgeous and sentimental. I loved the way she stretched that note           [on dan Bau]. It almost sounded like slide guitar. It felt very bluesy           too. - Betto Arcos; NPR All Things Considered Weekend Edition

          The dramatic interest, unusual instruments and playing techniques           coupled with stellar musicianship, keen visual interest and a stage           presence to die for all contributed to its status as a masterpiece.           - Johnathon Bakan; SF Asian Music Examiner

          Her appearance was dramatic in stunning costume and headdress, her           music was riveting, her stage presence theatrical, and her contribution           to Vietnamese musical culture outstanding. - Heather Morris;           Peninsula Review

          The music is rhythmically compelling - it weaves a story through the           notes; a walk in mysterious woods or whatever the imagination can           conjure up. The music is quite hypnotic in nature, the notes of the           stringed instruments in particular so malleable they can express a           range of emotion in a single wavering note. - Anya Wassenberg; Art           & Culture Maven

          Indeed, Vo’s energy and enthusiasm for musical creativity seems to           transcend any particular instrument and instead feed off a           fundamental sonic curiosity, as well as a desire to reflect on her           cultural heritage and share those sounds with new ears. Vo draws           strong connection between American jazz and the improvisation           involved in traditional Vietnamesemusic. - Molly Sheredan; New           Music Box

          Vân-Ánh Võ is a mesmerisingly awesome, and Emmy award           winning zitherplayer (among other instruments), and someone who           is not only fascinating to hear, but fun to watch. My entire           exposure to zithers up to this point was the soundtrack to The           Third Man, so I associated zithers with laid-back cool. Vân-Ánh           takes it to a whole other level. She moves about that zither with           the crazy self-confidence of someone who’s completely mastered           an instrument, it’s pretty inspiring stuff … Vân-Ánh, on the other           hand is energetic, striking poses behind them [Kronos Quartet],            focused, iconic looking and always giving it her all. – London           City Night Review, 2012 London Olympic

Comes from a family of musicians and began studying đàn tranh (16-string zither) from the age of four, Van-Anh graduated with distinction from the Vietnam Academy of Music, where she later taught. In 1995, Vân-Ánh won the championship title in the Vietnam National Đàn Tranh Competition, along with the first prize for best solo performance of modern folk music. In Hanoi, Vân-Ánh 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. She has since performed in more than fourteen countries and recorded many broadcast programs in and outside of Vietnam.

In addition to touring internationally, Vân-Ánh has presented her music at Carnegie Hall, Zellerbach Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and as a composer and guest artist for the Kronos Quartet at the Olympic Games 2012 Music Festival. In 2002, Vân-Ánh released her first CD, Twelve Months, Four Seasons; and in 2009, she released She’s Not She with award-winning composer Do Bao. Recently, she released her third CD Three-Mountain Pass with the Kronos Quartet as her guest artist.

Besides dan tranh, Van-Anh also performs as soloist on the monochord (bau), the 36-string hammered dulcimer (dan tam thap luc), the bamboo xylophone (dan t’rung), the k’longput, traditional drums (trong), and Chinese guzheng. She lives and teaches dan tranh and other Vietnamese traditional instruments in Fremont, California. For further information regarding dan tranh, traditional Vietnamese traditional music, or future CDs, please visit website: www.vananhvo.com or email: dantranhviet@vananhvo.com.