ok back on course. my rapid account ran out and i can't renew it right now because i lost my credit card and the new one will not arrive for blah blah blah. so much for seeing the entire OCORA catalog neatly listed in my rapid folder... oh well when life hands you a lemon -- use mediafire.
3 pretty different recordings of music from Vietnam. the Celestial Harmonies "Music of VIetnam" series is superb as well, covering dimensions not included in these. maybe we'll get to that at some point.
Tran Van Khe - lute, zither, ceremonial drum
Tran Quang Hai - spoons, sapeke clappers
Tran Thi Thuy Ngoc - wood block
Musique Mnong Gar Du Vietnam: Anthologie Du Musique Proto-Indochinoise Vol. 1
from discogs: "Most of the items presented here were recorded in 1958 amongst the Mnong Gar (or Phii Brêe) of Central Vietnam, in the villages of Sar Luk, Ndut Trêe Pül and Nyôong Hat (field-trip of the Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient and the Office de la Recherche Scientifique et Technique Outre-Mer)."
The Maa' music was collected during the same field-trip at the Daa' Rngaa plantation near Blao (Vietnam). The Mnong Buu Nör material was recorded in Cambodia in 1966, field-trip of the C.N.R.S. and the Centre de Documentation et de Recherches sur l'Asie du Sud-Est et le monde Insulindien, CeDRASEMI, L.A. 183, Associate Laboratory of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (6th section) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.
mediafire A mediafire B
The music presented on this CD by Professor Tràn Van Khê comes from the South of Vietnam. The original Vietnamese name for this music is "don tai lu," which means music of the amateurs, although it is not at all an amateur music. This music, performed by small ensembles for small audiences, is for the entertainment of music lovers, outside of ceremonies or particular events or circumstances, and is part of what in Vietnam is called entertainment music, in distinction from other styles that are not. Although similar to Huê music, the court music of Central Vietnam, the music from the South differs in its modes, performance style, rhythms, improvisation style, and even its notation. The instruments used are typical Vietnamese instruments, mostly stringed instruments, including zither (dàn tranh), lutes (dàn tam, dàn ty bà, dàn xên), or fiddles (dàn cô, dàn gao), as well as some percussion. In this century, the Western violin joins the ensemble. Vietnamese charm at his best!(AMG)