Zither players prepare to pluck hearts in City

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Veteran and amateur dan tranh (16-chord zither) artists will perform at a concert tomorrow in HCM City. Professor Tran Van Khe, an internationally recognised expert in Vietnamese traditional music, will be concert director.

HCM CITY — Veteran and amateur dan tranh (16-chord zither) artists will perform at a concert tomorrow in HCM City.

Professor Tran Van Khe, an internationally recognised expert in Vietnamese traditional music, will be concert director.

Hai Phuong and Van Anh, Viet Nam's leading zitherists, who played a role in the development of the 16-chord zither, will perform at the concert.

Phuong, who has been playing since 1975, won first place at the national zither contest for young talents in 1992.

She has performed in Japan, Korea, the US and Germany, and is a teacher at the HCM City Conservatory.

Expatriate musician Van Anh, who lives in the US, began playing zither at the age of four at the Viet Nam Academy of Music.

She co-composed and recorded the 2009 Emmy Award-winning soundtrack for the documentary Bolinao 52.

The concert also features the Mat Troi Do Quartet, which performs modern music with traditional musical instruments.

The Sound of the Homeland Club, established in 1984 and supported by the Workers Culture Palace, will sing folk songs accompanied by the zither.

The zither is a traditional Asian stringed instrument, known as dan tranh in Viet Nam, koto in Japan, kayagum and komungo in Korea, and guzheng in Singapore.

Kayagum and komungo are played with the fingertips while the others, including the dan tranh, are played with plectrums.

The concert will open at 7.30pm at the Workers Culture Palace an 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in District 1.

Tickets are available at the Palace's box office. — VNS

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