FVH’s Special Music Program: Ca Tru

FVH’s Special Music Program: Ca Tru

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Wed 25 Sep 2013, 8 – 10 pm
CaTru Hanoi Club

From Friends of Vietnam Heritage:

Join us for a special concert of CaTru music arranged for FVH members on Wednesday, September 25, at 8:00 pm at the Jewelry Communal House, 42 Hang Bac in the Old Quarter. The concert will feature several famous CaTru performers, an introduction to the history of CaTru, and opportunities to interact with the performers and try out their instruments. The concert will also feature a master of traditional flutes and the two-string guitar as well as a well-known drum performer and traditional dancers.

CaTrù is a form of traditional Vietnamese music which features three performers. A female singer provides the vocals whilst playing small wooden sticks beaten on a small bamboo bar. She is accompanied by a man who plays a long-necked, 3-string bottom guitar. The third performer is a ‘spectator’ who strikes a praise drum in reaction to the singer’s performance.

CaTru started off as a form of entertainment for the royal court, later branching out into being performed at small inns for scholars and other members of the elite. In the 15th century, CaTru spread through northern Vietnam, celebrating special events, such as the birth of a son or the signing of a contract. In the 20th century, however, CaTrù almost died out. In recent years, with the recognition of CaTru as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, considerable efforts have been made to re-invigorate the genre, including holding festivals and events where several types of catrù are performed.

Cost:    200,000 VND
Limit:    20 people
Sign-up required: send an email to Helen at [email protected]

CaTru Hanoi Club
42 Hang Bac, Hanoi


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