Vân-Ánh Võ & Olesya Zdorovetska with Alina Sokulska "Magura" - San Jose Jazz

Vân-Ánh Võ & Olesya Zdorovetska with Alina Sokulska "Magura"

Winter Fest: Counterpoint with Ukraine
Thu, Feb 23
6:30pm doors; 7:30pm showtime (Pacific)
$30; $35 door / Tabard Theatre

A fearless musical explorer, Vân-Ánh Võ is an award-winning performer of the 16-string đàn tranh (zither) and an Emmy Award winning composer who has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, Alonzo King, LINES Ballet, and Yo-Yo Ma. Her set will feature a collaboration with Dublin-based Ukrainian performer and composer Olesya Zdortovetska, and a performance of  Magura from dancer and choreographer Alina Sokulska.

In addition to her mastery of  the đàn tranh, she also uses the monochord (đàn bầu), bamboo xylophone (đàn t’rung), traditional drums (trống) and many other instruments to create music that blends the wonderfully unique sounds of Vietnamese instruments with other genres, and fuses deeply rooted Vietnamese musical traditions with fresh new structures and compositions. 

Coming from a family of musicians and beginning to study the zither from the age of four, Vân-Anh graduated with distinction from the Vietnamese Academy of Music, where she later taught. In 1995, Vân-Ánh won the championship title in the Vietnam National Đàn Tranh Competition, along with the first prize for best solo performance of modern folk music. In Hanoi, Vân-Ánh was an ensemble member of Vietnam National Music Theatre as well as a member of the traditional music group Đồng Nội Ensemble, which she founded and directed. She has since performed in more than fourteen countries and recorded many broadcast programs in and outside of Vietnam.

Since settling in San Francisco’s Bay Area in 2001, Vân-Ánh has collaborated with musicians across different music genres to create new works, bringing Vietnamese traditional music to a wider audience. She has presented her music at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, NPR, Houston Grand Opera, Yerba Buena Performing Arts Center, UK WOMAD Festival, and London Olympic Games 2012 Music Festival.  Under President Obama's administration, Vân-Ánh was the first Vietnamese artist to perform at the White House and received the Artist Laureate Award for her community contributions through the arts.

Olesya Zdorovetska is a Dublin-based performer, composer, curator and educator originally from Kyiv, Ukraine. Her work has been described as “an emotional and intellectual explosion” by Dash Arts UK. As an international soloist and collaborator she works in the fields of improvised, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, contemporary classical, traditional Ukrainian and Sephardic music, theatre and film. Since moving to Dublin in 2011 Olesya has rapidly become a dynamic and active figure on the Irish music scene. 

Kyiv born, Barcelona based Alina Sokulska is an international dance artist, choreographer, performer, instructor and researcher. Her dance language was born in the realm of live jazz music and the intersections of social and urban dances, put in a perspective of contemporaneity. 

In the pagan beliefs of ancient Ukrainians, “Magura” is a woman with wings, a magic bird, a female deity of war, flying over the battlefield and blessing the brave soldiers for their final journey with a kiss. Alina’s work is an address to ancient archetypes through building a crosscultural channel for a research of a character of a woman warrior deity. This improvography is a construction of an atemporal, syncretic and metamythological sensibility, uniting its ancient, eternal & futuristic symbology. 

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