Friday, July 16, 2010

Nguyen Le - Fragile Beauty

Born in Paris from Vietnamese parents, he began to play drums at the age of 15, then took up guitar & electric bass.

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Fragile Beauty personifies "world music" that combines Vietnamese folk-songs/poetry with African, Japanese, and western influences. Thanh's voice is as lovely, evocative and mysterious as her homeland. Each song seems to tell a story, as her singing, coupled with Le's thoughtful compositions (articulated by skilled performers), provides aural landscapes that have the dichotomy of being timeless and contemporary. The delicate balance of voice, atmosphere and instrument comes to life on "Drifting On The Water," as Thanh's singing is exquisitely accompanied by guitar and piano. Its message can still be appreciated even if you don't comprehend the language.




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