Ao Dai Performers 2012

Musician Vanessa VoVanessa Van-Anh Vo Ensemble

Vanessa Van-Anh Vo devotes her life-long passion and mastery of the dan tranh zither to the creation of distinctive music blended with a cultural essence that can only come from this unique Vietnamese instrument. Among her accomplishments are the 2009 Emmy® Award-winning soundtrack for the documentary “Bolinao 52”, which she co-composed and recorded, and the soundtrack for the Sundance best documentary and 2003 Academy Awards® nominee “Daughter from Danang”. Van-Anh also co-composed and recorded for the recent documentary “A Village Called Versailles”, winner of the New Orleans Film Festival Audience Award. Van-Anh began studying dan tranh from the age of four, and graduated with distinction from and taught at the Vietnam Academy of Music. In 1995, Van-Anh won championship in the Vietnam National Dan Tranh Competition along with the first prize for best solo performance of modern folk music. She has since performed in more than fourteen countries and recorded in many broadcast programs inside and outside of Vietnam. Her first CD “Twelve Months, Four Seasons” was released in 2002. In addition to dan tranh, Van-Anh also performs as soloist on the monochord (bau), the 36-string hammered dulcimer (dan tam thap luc), the bamboo xylophone (dan t’rung), the k’longput, traditional drums (trong), and Chinese guzheng. She lives and teaches dan tranh and other Vietnamese traditional instruments in Fremont, California. For further information regarding dan tranh, traditional Vietnamese traditional music, or future CDs, please visit her website: or email:

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Thùy Linh

Thùy Linh will be performing at the preshow cocktail mixer.
Thuy Linh
Thùy Linh has been singing jazz since 1990. self-taught and drawn to jazz in college by the classic voices of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong, the diminuitive (4 foot 11 inch) chanteuse possesses a surprisingly low-pitch that glides warmly between lyrical sensuality and pensive nostalgia. she credits her love of singing to the melodious songs she heard growing up in her vietnamese community. and she credits her unique style and exotic sound to a most unusual personal history for a singer of american jazz. Currently, she is creating original compositions in collaboration with her best friend, the poet Bashou. The first series, Lotus Child: survivors of human trafficking rise to greatness!, honors human trafficking survivors supported by pacific links foundation. The second series, Lady Moon: the irrepressible Hồ Xuân Hương – 18th century feminist poet, celebrates the untamed spirit of HXH’s politically astute erotic poetry.