Nguyen Le & Ngo Hong Quang

Ha Noi Duo

Format: CD
Label: ACT music
UPC: 0614427982827
Catnr: ACT 98282
Release date: 13 January 2017
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ACT music
Catalogue number
ACT 98282
Release date
13 January 2017

"It's music and very good music, the great thing about this album is that the mix of styles is very nice."

Draai Om Je Oren, 06-5-2017

About the album

Welcome to Hà Nội Duo! This album is the meeting of two Vietnamese musicians who were raised with very different paths yet who share common goals: expressing & sharing with the world the soul of Vietnam, and bringing together the roots and the future of Vietnamese music. Vietnam is evolving so fast & so brilliantly, its population is full of youth & curiosity, starving to learn everything possible from the West. While others don’t forget about the past. This album would like to be the witness of those paradoxes. It shows the diversity of what Vietnamese music can be today. And like the country, this album wants to be colorful, plural and moving. Its aim is to raise questions, to excite the ear as well as the intellect, and to capture the listener's soul towards the path of Vietnam.


Born in Paris from vietnamese parents, Nguyên Lê began to play drums at the age of 15, then took up guitar & electric bass. After graduating in Visual Arts, he majored in Philosophy, writing a thesis on Exoticism. Then he devoted to music, creating "ULTRAMARINE"(1983), a multi-ethnic band whose CD "DÉ" has been considered "1989's best World Music album" Philippe Conrath, Libération.

A self-taught musician, Nguyên Lê started to play out of any stylistic borders: Rock & Funk (Jim Cuomo, Madagascar 84), Jazz standards & avant-garde Jazz (Marc Ducret, Yves Robert), Pop Singers (Ray Charles), Contemporary Music (André Almuro, Tona Scherchen, Marius Constant, Mauricio Kagel), Ethnic Music: African & Caribbean with ULTRAMARINE (85), Algerian with Safy Boutella & Cheb Mami, Indian with Kakoli, Turkish with Kudsi Erguner, Vietnamese with the learning of "Dan Bau" (monocorde) in 1979.

Ngo Hong Quang

Over the years, Ngô Hồng Quang and his magical Đàn Nhị have attracted audiences not only in Vietnam but also in Thailand, Korea and the Netherlands. Born and brought up in a village in Hai Duong in the north of Vietnam, at the age of eleven Quang began to learn how to play the Nhị and soon fell in love with it. The instrument has become his companion until today. At the Hanoi Conservatory, he also studied and played Đàn Bầu, a unique Vietnamese instrument with only one string. In addition to the Nhị and Bầu, Quang is a very skillful player of Đàn Tính, Đàn Môi (Jews harp) and Đàn Tre (a modified version of K’ny). Quang is also a good singer, he is famous for a number of Dân ca (folksongs) and the song Tiếng Việt. Some of the songs that Quang composed such as Đêm cuối cùng của mùa Đông, (Ma Làng TV series drama), Tìm Hà Nội, Đàn Cò and Con Cóc Cóc Con are popular now.

At the moment, Quang follows his passion in teaching, composing and playing Vietnamese traditional music around the globe.



It's music and very good music, the great thing about this album is that the mix of styles is very nice.
Draai Om Je Oren, 06-5-2017

(...) Like always, his expression is phenomenal. (...)
Gitarist, 01-4-2017

This unusual mix of styles and traditions makes ‘Ha Noi Dou’ one of the best recent albums; splendid CD!
Music Frames, 31-1-2017

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