"To say Võ is making a splash is an understatement. Her compositions' rippling blend of musical genres and music played on her native country's instruments and often sung with her luminous vocals, have mesmerized musicians and audience alike."

San Francisco Classical Voice

World Stage
Vân-Ánh Võ
and Blood Moon Orchestra
Songs of Strength (World Premiere)

A fearless musical explorer, Vân-Ánh Võ is an award-winning performer of the 16-string dan tranh (zither) and an Emmy Award-winning composer who has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Yo-Yo-Ma. Originally from Vietnam and based in Northern California for nearly 20 years, in her latest project Võ celebrates the voices and struggles of women and immigrants by placing the musical conventions of her native culture in conversation with contemporary music from around the world. Võ's Songs of Strength features a vibrant collection of voices—Iranian singer/songwriter Mahsa Vahdat, rapper DemOne, and breakdancer TUNJI, plus her multicultural Blood Moon Orchestra—with texts in English, Persian, and Vietnamese. "Võ is a veteran when it comes to taking risks, and it pays off in her compelling music" (NPR).

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Program Notes

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