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Vietnamese Traditional Dan Bau Music

Pham Duc ThanhAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Oliver Sudden Prod
  • ASIN: B00006SG57
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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About the Artist

Internationally acclaimed dan bau player, Pham Duc Thanh was born in Ninh Binh, northern Vietnam, in 1956. Displaying a remarkable musical aptitude as a child, Pham was already playing the dan bau (monochord) as well as the dan tranh (16-string zither) and dan nhi (two-string fiddle) by the age of six.

In 1974, Pham moved to Hanoi, where he studied at a popular traditional theatre school and joined the leading Hat Cheo theatre group as a dan bau player. After attending Saigon's Research Center for Music, he went on to become one of country's top dan bau players of traditional and contemporary music.

In August 1990, Pham and his wife, singer Lieu Nguyet Lan, left Vietnam and moved to Germany for several years before emigrating to Canada in 1996.

Today, the Montreal-based multi-instrumentalist is known as one of the world's leading exponents of traditional Vietnamese music. Besides his solo work, Pham has also appeared on over 20 internationally released CDs including the movie soundtrack for Tony Bui's "Three Seasons", winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

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Pham Duc Thanh performs traditional Vietnamese music on the dan bau, a single-stringed instrument. The Montreal-based multi-instrumentalist is known as one of the world's leading exponents of traditional Vietnamese music. Besides his solo work, Pham has also appeared on over 20 internationally released CDs including the movie soundtrack for Tony Bui's "Three Seasons", winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. This digitally recorded CD contains a 12-page booklet.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind October 5, 2006
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Format:Audio CD
It is the only kind in the world. The instrument has only one string but makes all the pitches. It is plucked but all sounds are harmonics. Must be seen to realize the wonder of this musical instrument. Performed here by a "grand" master. All the pitches could be heard clearly, and bent in every way imaginable. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vietnamese Soul: Sound of the Dan Bau March 5, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are familiar with the vibrator lever and the wah-wah pedal on an electric guitar, consider that the Vietnamese had it first, since circa 13th century and established at the imperial court in Hue in 1896. The dan bau is a single-stringed instrument with flexible handle of water buffalo horn and is plucked with a bamboo rod. The glissando effect is characteristic of Vietnamese music, even in singing. The musician must be able to stretch the string with precision, as the trombonist must learn where to move the slide for particular notes. This album features this unique instrument performed by Phan Duc Thanh. The other instruments heard in accompaniment, such as the dan tranh zither, dan nhi fiddle, and percussion, thanks to multi-track editing, are also played by him. Musical tracks cover north, central, and south regions with romantic songs, work songs, and a children's tune. This one-person project misses the improvisational and individualistic advantages of an ensemble. Arrangements may have been better with other musicians. The album, however, highlights the special, sad timbre and art of the monochord. Its sound is unforgettable.
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