My taste is eclectic; here you will find everything from folk, blues, and jug-band music to experimental bluegrass and avant-garde classical music. My bias is certainly towards acoustic music with little production and much enthusiasm, but my sole selection criteria is Quality.
The music on this site is mostly old, hard-to-find, or under-noticed music. Many of the musicians are dead. As for the living musicians, I put their music here because I want to spread and publicize it, not because I want to rip them off. Musicians, like artists, are a hard-working and under-compensated lot, and I highly recommend that if you like the music you find here, you seek out their other recordings. Of course, if any musician finds their music here and wants it removed, contact me and I'll happily oblige.
Roots - Where our music came from; our shared heritage. It may not sound contemporary, but if you listen you can hear its echoes in everything that has come since.
Branches - A bridge between cultures, styles, musical languages. As a meeting of two or more rivers, the sources mingle and new life is born.
Fruits - Music ripened to perfection. It has absorbed the roots, grown in the sun of contemporary life, and made a new statement. Sweet and nourishing.
Seeds - The start of something new. These musicians went out on a limb, and did something never done before. Whether they had followers or not, their music retains the stamp of individuality and experimentation.
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Hm. How can I describe this music? It sounds so unlike anything ever conceived by western ears. And yet there are so many parallels in the realm of feeling and pure sound. The Đàn tranh (long zither) sounds like a slide guitar played by aliens. And the music is pentatonic, melancholy, and wistful like the blues. But it is also striding, triumphant, and exuberant like ragtime. It paints pictures and builds to climaxes like western classical music (both romantic and impressionistic), and bouncing like the best of folk music.
But really, descriptions do nothing if they cannot bring you to a place of open-mindedness, to hear this music freshly, with innocent ears. Please, listen to these sublime sounds and allow yourself to be transported to another realm.
Vietnam - Instrumental Textures performed by the “SONG OF THE NATIVE LAND” ENSEMBLE
Year: 1996 Label: JVC
Tracks: 01 doc tau dan tranh “Tu Dai Oan”solo：17 string zither “Four Generations”
02 doc tau dan bau “Ru Con”（dan ca Nam Bo）solo: monochord “Lullaby of the South”
03 doc tau dan nhi “Se Chi Luon Kim”（dan ca quan ho Bac Ninh）solo：2 string fiddle“Love Song”（folksong from Bac Ninh Province）
04 song tau dan tranh va dan bau “Doan Khue Lam Giang va Vong Co” duo: 17 string zither & monochord“River Lam and Reminiscence”
05 doc tau dan nhi voi hoa tau “Phien Cho Mua Xuan” solo：2 string fiddle with ensemble“The Market in Spring”
06 doc tau sao truc voi hoa tau “Le Hoi Non Song” solo：bamboo flute with ensemble
07 hoa tau nhac thinh phong mien Trung “Luu Thuy,Kim Tien,Xuan Phong, Long Ho” ensemble in a Central Vietnamese style “Flowing Water, Golden Sapeke, Spring Wind, Dragon & Tiger”
08 doc tau dan t'rung voi hoa tau“Mua Hai Qua”solo：vertical bamboo xylophone with ensemble“Season for Picking Fruit”
09 song tau sao va dan t'rung “Buoi Sang Tien Nuong” duo：bamboo flute and xylophone “Morning on the Terraced Fields”
10 hoa tau“Ly Ngua O” ensemble“Song of the Black-haired Horse”
11 doc tau dan tranh “Sakura”（dan ca Nhat) solo：22 string zither “Sakura”（variations on a song from Japan) aliensong or alternate link. mp3 >256kbps vbr | w/ cover