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VU NHAT TAN GROUP

VU NHAT TAN

Born August 8, 1970, Hanoi, Viet Nam, Vu Nhat Tan began studying piano at Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi in 1980. He then studied composition and musicology with professor Tran Trong Hung from 1991-1995 and graduated with his BA. From 2000-2001 he studied computer music and new music at the music college in Cologne, Germany on a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). In addition, he studied composition with Chinary Ung at the University of California at San Diego in 2002 as a guest student in the framework of the artists in residency program of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC). His music has been performed 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), the Asian Music Festival in Tokyo (2004), the Arts Network Asia in Singapore and the Space of Traditional and Contemporary Music in China (2003. Since 2002, Vu Nhat Tan has turned to stronger work in the electronics field and has himself performed with laptop, electronic equipment and sound instruments. He has given numerous live concerts in collaboration with other local and international artists in Vietnam. He is now teaching in the new department for electronic music at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi and is one of three founders of the experimental music group DC-Factory.

SCOTT EZELL

Scott Ezell is an artist, poet, and musician living in Seattle. In 1991, after studying literature at the University of California, he began a masters degree in comparative literature at the University of Washington, with a focus on Chinese and American poetry. In 1992 he traveled to Asia to study Chinese language and culture, including landscape painting and calligraphy. He lived and traveled for a dozen years in China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, and other countries. In Asia he worked as a musician, writer, editor, and record producer, published poems and essays in international journals, and released albums of original music. In 2004 in Beijing Scott Ezell conceived and collaborated with local artists in “Urban Hieroglyphics”, a performance art piece combining improvised painting, music and dance. He returned to the West coast of America in 2005, but lived most of 2006 in Barcelona. In the Fall of 2006 he re-settled in Seattle, and in December exhibited paintings at Hengst Studio. In September 2007 his paintings were included in the group exhibit “Inquiry as Collection”, at the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle. In Autumn 2007 he was invited to take part in an artist residency in New Caledonia along with two aboriginal sculptors from Taiwan, which stimulated a series of paintings called “Migration”. Scott Ezell works full-time as an artist and writer.

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