Tri Nguyen & Ilios Quartet | Consonnances

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by Tri Nguyen & Ilios Quartet

Tri Nguyen's Award winning debut album is a surprising marriage of Vietnamese ancestral music and Western classical music. Ancient melodies intermingle in pieces that range from the light and playful to the profound and meditative.
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1. Complaints to the Sky in the Falling Dust
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2. Autumn Moon Lullaby
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3. Exchange of Love
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4. Waterdrops
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5. Song of the Blackbird
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6. Twilight Mist
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7. Strategist Khong on the Fortress
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8. Sadness of the South
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9. Move on Water, Walk on Clouds
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10. Emperor
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11. The Joy of Coming Home
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12. Melancholy
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13. Nostalgia
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Album Notes
For centuries, the dynamic encounter of Asian and western cultures has had an endless fascination for artists of all disciplines, including painters, fashion designers, architects, chefs and of course, musicians. What sets Tri Nguyen’s “Consonnances” apart from “East Meets West” novelty is the legitimacy of his claim to a unique, multi-cultural, international heritage.
Born into an aristocratic family in South Vietnam, Tri's parents saw to it that their son would embody the spirit a modern literati, and provided him with piano lessons from French ex-pats as well as traditional instruction (a master-student relationship) on the 16-string Vietnamese đàn tranh zither, secondary education at the American International School and home instruction in traditional rites and rituals from local scholars.

“Consonnances” is an invitation to explore a realm of extraordinary and fragile beauty; a vision that transcends specifics of time and place while remaining solidly rooted in Vietnamese cultural traditions. Indeed, the “sources” of Vietnamese “tradition” are many, they do not flow in a single stream and have absorbed so many disparate influences: Tri the classical concert pianist is but the mirror image of Tri, the guardian of Vietnam’s ancient and noble cultural heritage.

Together with the ‘Ilios Quartet, Tri enchants us with the silvery sound of the đàn tranh zither in a program of the thirteen original tracks based on the ancient melodies and modes of Vietnamese traditional music; a language ancient, modern and utterly intoxicating.

“Consonnances” was a proud recipient of the Global Music Awards Gold Medal for World Music, a Gold Medal Winner of the Akademia Award for World Music, Voix des Arts music blog CD of the Month and a Top Ten Best Album on the Far Side Music website (Asian Music specialist retailer).



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