Jessica Nicholas:

Asian accolades

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Page added Apr 21, 2017 Updated May 22, 2017

This week we're spending time with artists from Korea and Vietnam who fuse jazz with elements of traditional music from their own countries.

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We'll hear from Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Le (pictured), who's just at home playing jazz versions of Pink Floyd tunes as he is collaborating with a traditional Vietnamese vocalist. Then there's Black String from South Korea, featuring the unlikely combination of electric guitar and geomungo (a type of zither). And South Korean-born singer Youn Sun Nah offers a Brazilian-flavoured tune with her European group. Plus we'll hear from two superb New Zealand-born pianists: Mike Nock and Jonathan Crayford

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May 18, 2017. 2:00pm - 4:00pm
May 21, 2017. 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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Nguyên Lê (Vietnamese: Lê Thành Nguyên; born 14 January 1959 in Paris, France) is a French Jazz musician and Composer of Vietnamese ancestry. His main instrument is guitar, and he also plays electric bass guitar and guitar synthesizer. He has released numerous albums, both as a leader and as a sideman. His 1996 album Tales from Viêt-Nam blends jazz and traditional Vietnamese music. Nguyên...

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On May 18, 2017. 2:20pm
Anonymous said

Anything to do with the promotion of innovative Asian jazz has my ongoing support. Particularly love Youn Sun Nah's extraordinary vocals. Truly unique. Nice one Korea!
Christopher Lynch.

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