Hà NôI DUO               (2017) ACT  9828-2

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01 Cloud Chamber / Mây Vang 5:40
02 Five Senses / Năm Giác Quan 4:53

03 Like Mountain Birds / Về Đồi Non 6:52

04 A Night With You, Gone / Đêm Qua Nhớ Bạn (Traditional Quan Ho) 6:38

05 The Graceful Seal / Gọi Em 7:00

06 Heaven’s Gourd / Tình Đàn 5:58

07 Chiếc Khăn Piêu / Chiếc Khăn Piêu (Doãn Nho) 6:24

08 Monkey Queen / Nữ Hoàng Khỉ 5:40

09 Beggar's Love Song / Mục Hạ Vô Nhân (Traditional Xẩm) 5:45
10 Silently Grows The Rice / Ru Con Bắc Bộ (Northern Folksong) 3:36

1,2,8 composed by Nguyên Lê

3,5,6 by Ngo Hong Quang

3,4,5,7,9,10 arranged by Nguyên Lê

7 : Indian rythmic arrangement by Prabhu Edouard

Nguyên Lê, Electric, Acoustic (2), Ebow (1,7), Sustainiac Guitars

(1,8,10); Synths & Samplers Programming (1,3,5,6,8,9)

Ngô Hồng Quang, Vocals, Đàn Nhị fiddle (4,6,8,9), Đàn Bầu monocorde (1,10), Đàn Tính lute (2,5, 6,8),

Đàn Môi jew's harp (3,6), Đàn Chiêng Dây harmonic harp (5)

Paolo Fresu, trumpet & flugelhorn (3,6,7,8)

Mieko Miyazaki, koto (4,7)

Prabhu Edouard, tablas, kanjira & pocket shaker (4,6)

Stéphane Edouard, Udu & shaker (8)

Alex Tran, cajon (9)

(3,5,6,7,9) arrangements by Nguyên Lê

(6) rhythmic arrangement by Prabhu Edouard

produced, recorded & mixed by Nguyên Lê

at studio Louxor, Paris Barbès from April to August 2016

mastered by Bruno Gruel at Elektra Mastering

photos by Dong Phung & Dominique Borker

Executive producer Siegfried Loch

Nguyên Lê uses Julien Gendre guitars, D'Addario strings, EMG pickups, Fractal AxeFX, VoVox cables,

Hantug Titanium trem, Audeze headphones, Horch microphones


This duo was born in 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.

In the Hà Nôi Duo, each identity stays strong & unique and while soaking up it enriches itself with an intricate subtlety which raises numerous questions. Is it Vietnamese, Jazz, Traditional, Blues, African, Indian, written or improvised ? Like threads of silk, cultures from yesterday & today weave a complex & diverse beauty. Complex & diverse like Life, like the country of Vietnam, with its millennial roots, its tormented past and future full of hope.