“Osmosis” experiments with and combines selected genres and elements of traditional Vietnamese music with European contemporary music, instrumental extended techniques, live electronics and conceptual improvisation.
In Osmosis project we combine two different styles of Chanting poem- ” Ngam tho”, one from the North of Vietnam and the other from Hue- an imperial city in Central Vietnam. “Hat van”, “ Xẩm” and “ Ca trù” are the three traditional and living music genres of “Chanting poem” /”Reciting poem” from which we draw materials. Vietnamese is a melodious language with 6 different fixed intonations. “Chanting poem” with its improvisatory embellishment and melismas enhance the beauty of the language itself, the emotive power and the multilayered meanings behind each poetic word. This intuitive improvisation is based on expression corresponds to European traditions of Troubadour, Gregorian chants, and to modern free improvisation.
The key factor of the project is the singer Kim Oanh from Hanoi, Vietnam. She has dedicated more than 40 years of her music career for Vietnamese traditional music, studied with several leading national artists most notably Quach Thi Ho – Ca Tru and Kim Sinh – Cai Luong.