After 40 years, 2 Kings of Spoons : Roger MASON and TRAN Quang Hai met again at Tim Holm’s flat in Brunoy for an improvisation of spoons to recall them of the time being together in Paris for a competition of spoons at La Vieille Grille (Paris 5), and the Folkclub Le Bourdon (Paris).
Tran Quang Hai plays the spoons in the Vietnamese way and has added new spoon techniques to his art .
Tran Quang Hai in Hanoi (2010)
Tran Quang Hai ,a talented and renowned musician who comes from a family of five generations of musicians. had been working as an ethnomusicologist for the National Center for Scientific Research in France since 1968, attached to the Department of Ethnomusicology of the Musee de l’Homme. He is retired since May 2009.
His field is Vietnamese music, Overtone singing in Siberia. He is member of many international societies : Society for Ethnomusicology, ICTM (executive board member since 2005), Asian Music Society, French Society for Ethnomusicology (founding member), International Jew’s Harp Society (founding member), etc…
He has published 23 records on Vietnamese music (from 1971 to 1997), 4 DVD on overtone singing (2004, 2005, 2006), 2 DVD on traditional music of Vietnam (2000, 2009), 1 DVD on his life by the Belgian TV Production (2005), articles in New Grove Dictionary Music and Musicians (1st – 1980 and 2nd (2001) editions), New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (1984) and some few hundreds of articles in different countries .
Recipient of the Medal of Cristal of the National Center for Scientific Research (France) in 1995 , of the Medal of the Knight of the Legion of Honour (France) in 2002, and of the Medal of Honour of Work, Grand Gold category (France) in 2009.
More details of his activities can be found on his website: http://tranquanghai.com
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