Vân-Ánh Võ – Bio

Van Anh VoVân-Ánh Võ dedicates her life to creating music by blending the unique sounds of Vietnamese instruments with various music genres and fusing deeply rooted Vietnamese musical traditions with fresh new structures and compo- sitions. Since settling in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001, Vân-Ánh has been focusing on collaborating with musicians across different styles, cultures, and genres to create new works, bringing Vietnamese traditional music to a broad- er audience and preserving her cultural legacy through teaching. Her music reimagines traditional music to contemporary forms, bridging the previous with the current while bringing Vietnamese art music to the next generation.

Vân-Ánh has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Southwest Chamber Music, Oakland Symphony, Monterey Symphony, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Additionally, she has co-composed and arranged for the Oscar® nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary, Daughter from Danang (2002), the Emmy® Awards winning film and soundtrack for Bolinao 52 (2008), and A Village Called Versailles (2009). In addition to the zither (đàn Tranh), Vân-Ánh also performs as a soloist on the monochord (đàn Bầu), the bamboo xylophone (đàn T’rung), traditional drums (trống) and many other traditional instruments.