Van-Anh Vo and Xo Xinh, two Vietnamese-American composer-performers living in the Bay Area, join Mills College electroacoustic composer Chris Brown in a concert of new works. Vo and Brown will perform their interactive duet Two Left Hands recently premiered at Mills College, and all three musicians will perform solos on traditional, unconventional, and electronic instruments.
Van-Anh Vanessa Vo is a master performer of the dan tranh zither and the dan bau monochord, as well as a teacher and ensemble director of traditional Vietnamese music. She comes from a family of musicians and began studying dan tranh at age four, winning the National Composition for performers of that instrument in 1995. In the U.S. she has presented her music at Carnegie Hall, Zellerbach Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center, and was a composer and guest artist with the Kronos Quartet at the London Olympic Games in 2012.
Xo Xinh is a Vietnamese electroacoustic music composer, performer, improviser, and educator. Most of his works aim to re-contextualize the essence of traditional instruments through spectral processing and interactive manipulation of the acoustic sound by the computer, as well as to explore the transformation of traditional music through the contemporary and experimental medium. He received his MFA in Electronic Music at Mills College in 2012 and has performed his music since then throughout the U.S., and in Europe, Australia, and South America. He is currently an Instructor of Electronic Music at Evergreen Valley College.
Chris Brown, composer, pianist, and electronic musician, creates music for acoustic instruments with interactive electronics, for computer networks, and for improvising ensembles. Collaboration and improvisation are consistent themes in his work, as well as the invention and performance of new electronic instruments. He also writes his own interactive music software that he uses in his compositions and improvisations. Recordings of his music are available on New World, Tzadik, Pogus, Intakt, Rastascan, Ecstatic Peace, Red Toucan, SIRR, Leo, and Artifact labels. He is currently a Professor of Music at Mills College and Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM). http://www.cbmuse.com/