The American Center Hanoi will host the 10th Anniversary Culture Show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the US-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership.

The event will take place at 5 pm on July 26 at the American Center Hanoi, 170 Ngoc Khanh Street. The performance will also be live-streamed on the American Center Hanoi fan page.

The show will feature performances by cellist Bryan Charles Wilson, dan bau (monochord) player Ngo Tra My, dan tranh (string zither) player Pham Tra My, and musician Tri Minh.

Wilson will take the audience on a musical journey, beginning with his new album, Tri Am (Understanding), in which he skillfully reimagines Vietnamese music through the sounds of the cello.

"I am incredibly honored and humbled to return to Vietnam with a beautiful show at the American Center Hanoi," said Wilson.

"I will be working with these accomplished artists to create a mesmerizing performance that combines my newly composed works for cello with traditional instruments such as the dan tranh and dan bau. The collaboration will transcend boundaries as we engage in a profound musical conversation, blending the enchanting sounds of these beautiful instruments with captivating electronic musical elements," said Wilson.

Bryan Charles Wilson is a boundary-pushing cellist and composer who captivates audiences worldwide. His cross-cultural performances in film, dance, puppetry, and animation have made a lasting impact, attracting attention from Good Day New York to Vietnamese National Television. During his residency in Vietnam, Bryan collaborated with esteemed musicians and performed on national television and in packed concert halls. He was ed for two highly sought-after FAMLAB music residencies, fusing indigenous Vietnamese melodies with contemporary elements.

Cellist Bryan Charles Wilson will join Vietnamese artists in a special concert. Photo courtesy of the artist

In 2023, Bryan's highly anticipated album Tri Am pays homage to Vietnam's vibrant cultural heritage, infusing traditional music with his artistic vision. Bryan directs the Bryan Wilson Cello Studio, which trains students worldwide in classical, contemporary, and improvisational techniques. His influential books on string pedagogy expand learning horizons and inspire aspiring musicians worldwide.

Ngo Tra My is a dan bau teacher and soloist from Vietnam, renowned for her expertise in traditional and new music. She holds several awards, including the Certificate of Merit from the National Traditional Professional Music Festival and a Masters of Music Pedagogic.

Ngo Tra My has taught at the Malmö Academy of Music-Lund University and is a member of various music groups, including The Six Tones and the Thang Long traditional music band. With a global reach, she has traveled to over 40 countries, captivating audiences with her performances at international music festivals and cultural events, promoting the beauty of dan bau and traditional Vietnamese music.

Pham Tra My is a teacher of dan tranh performance at the Vietnam National Academy of Music. She is also an accomplished musician, having won gold and silver medals at national traditional instrumental music festivals and special prizes at international festivals in France and Italy.

Tri Minh is a musician who dabbles in experimental music because conventional music genres couldn't contain his creativity. He organizes Hanoi Sound Stuff, a electronic and experimental music festival. Tri Minh has performed with musicians from all over the world.