On a Quivering String - Dây Rung

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This composition conveys the different emotional states that I have experienced during a very happy but difficult period of my life, trying to fulfill working and mothering commitments. My days have been full of contradicting feelings of joy and frustration, of exuberance and tension. These feelings are reflected in the different sonic elements generated from the single string of the đàn bầu [Vietnamese monochord].

All the sounds and effects were created on the experimental electric đàn bầu [Vietnamese monochord], designed and built by Mr. Phan Chí Thanh, an experimental instrumental designer in Vietnam.


from Melodia Nostalgica, released February 1, 2013
Dang Kim Hien: dan bau [Vietnamese monochord]



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Dang Kim Hien Melbourne, Australia

Dang Kim Hien is a composer, performer and educator. She is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, specialising in Vietnamese strings and percussion. She taught at the Department of Traditional Music of the Conservatory of Music in Saigon (Vietnam) between 1981 and 1994. She has performed extensively to present her original works on international platforms. ... more

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