About Music Bridge

Music Bridge aims to motivate young artists the art of music composition to contribute to the enrichment of the Vietnamese traditional music archive.

Our work the past few years are to

  • Provide music workshops to engage and connects Vietnamese-American youth and young audiences from other communities in the U.S with their roots.
  • Help interested youth to participate in performances and community activities to introduce Vietnamese culture and customs through traditional music.
  • Connect master musicians and music experts to music students and traditional music lovers in order to share, teach, learn, and keep traditional arts and culture alive
  • Provide free music lessons to disadvantaged children in Vietnam as well as under-served communities in the Bay Area.
  • Bridge young Vietnamese to the roots of Vietnamese culture

Preserving Vietnamese Tradition Across the Pacific: A Conversation with Emmy® Award Winner Vân-Ánh (Vanessa) Võ and Music Bridge Ensemble

Music is a lens through which we can visit another time or place. In general, music can tell us about the people and society of a particular time. Additionally, traditional musicspans many generations and reflects the traditions and customs from many different regions.

Vân-Ánh Võ – national champion of Vietnamese traditional music, Emmy Award composer, vocalist, and educator – will use traditional music to showcase Vietnam’s 4000-year- old cultural heritage in the context of 21 st century. There are many ways that Vietnamese musicians in Vietnam and outside are preserving traditional music. Various virtual media are used–YouTube, online forums, electronic exchanges between teachers in Vietnam and students in North America and elsewhere–and there are some new experiments in performance practice and composition that are used. Vân-Ánh Võ is an example of the latter– she has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Kronos Quartet, and performed at Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the 2012 London Olympic Games Festival. The sounds of the traditional instruments and folk songs will offer insights into the different traditions and customs of Vietnam’s three main regions: North, Central, and South.

Under the guidance of Vân-Ánh Võ and with demonstrations from her students from America, the audience will join us in playing traditional instruments to create music with their own twists. This hands-on experience will help the audience appreciate and understand more about the Vietnamese history, traditions, and culture.