Featuring performances by the Hanoi Ca Tru Thai Ha Ensemble.
The best performers of ca tru today are the Hanoi Ca Tru Thai Ha Ensemble. This ensemble is made up of the singers Nguyen Thuy Hoa and Thanh Hoai, the lute player Nguyen Manh Tien and the drummer Nguyen Van Mui. Nine video examples of performances by the Hanoi Ca Tru Thai Ha Ensemble can be downloaded from this page.
This page accompanies an article by Barley Norton published in the journal Asian Music, 2005, Vol. 36, Issue 2, pp. 27-56, called "Singing the Past: Vietnamese Ca Tru, Memory and Mode". A pdf file of this article can be downloaded through libraries that subscribe to the electronic database Project Muse. The research for the article was made possible by a small grant awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. For further information contact email@example.com
These examples consist of a full performance of the piece Bac Phan (Example 1) and eight short instrumental phrases (Example 2-9). Nguyen Thuy Hoa is the singer featured on the video examples, and she is accompanied by Nguyen Manh Tien on the dan day lute and Nguyen Van Mui on the “praise drum”.
Transcription of Video 1 - Bac Phan (PDF), transcribed by Barley Norton
If you would like to buy a CD of ca tru performed by the Ca Tru Thai Ha Ensemble on the Nimbus Records label (2001) please go to the Nimbus website at www.wyastone.co.uk/nrl/world/5626a.html.
If you would like to read more about ca tru, you can order a copy of Barley Norton’s "Ca tru: a Vietnamese chamber music genre" (1996) by contacting Phong Thuyet Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of this publication can also be found at the Institute for Vietnamese Music website at www.vietnamesemusic.us/publications.html.
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