UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Phong Nguyen and Endo Suanda, 1988-04-06  PDF

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Sercombe, Laurel; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Phong Nguyen and Endo Suanda
5 items  :  See notes.; Duration: 1:32:30; review.
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This concert features Phong Nguyen and Endo Suanda; it was recorded at the University of Washington, Meany Theater on April 6, 1988 and was part of the Visiting Artist Series.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
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Telephone: 206-543-0974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Born in Tam Ngai, Vietnam on Augyst 9, 1946, Nguyen Phong is a performer of traditional Vietnamese music and an ethnomusicologist. He began studying music at the age of 5 with his father, followed by formal instruction with master musician Tram van Kien [Muoi Kien] at the age of 10. Eventually he excelled in music for festivals and rituals, chamber and theatrical styles and Buddist chant, widely performing both vocally and instrumentally. He first studied Western music after moving to Saigon but earned the Baccalaureate degree in Vietnamese literature and philosophy at the University of Saigon. After teaching literature, he became principal of a high school (1970–74), adding music to the curriculum, which was then considered an innovation. After spending 1974–5 in Japan, he emigrated to Paris where he earned the PhD in Ethnomusicology at the Sorbonne (University of Paris), writing a prize-winning dissertation on Vietnamese Buddhist chant under Edith Weber and Trân Van Khê. After being appointed to the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), he began working in the USA in 1983, eventually becoming a citizen. He has held positions at UCLA, the University of Washington, the University of Pittsburgh and Kent State University. Both his performance activities and research have continued with grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Asian Cultural Council, Earthwatch and the National Endowment for the Arts, which awarded him a National Heritage Fellowship in 1997. In 1990, along with Terry E. Miller, he founded the International Association for Research in Vietnamese Music and during the 1990s he conducted comprehensive fieldwork throughout Vietnam, the first person to do so after the end of the war. Nguyen performs internationally and publishes research in both English and Vietnamese. As a professional performer of traditional music and song, he brings to his writing an insider's knowledge, especially with regard to Vietnam's complex modal system. Following the retirement of Trân Voun Khê, Nguyan has become the leading authority on and exponent of Vietnamese music.

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Visiting Artist Concert 1988: Phong Nguyen/Endo Suanda

Physical Description: 88-8.1 OT - original video recording (VHS, SP, Hi-Fi stereo, color) by Kay Norton for Archives (1:34:00) (at 42:00 there's a 30-second interruption of picture & sound); 88-8.1 DUB produced on S-VHS tape (SP, stereo), 7/2000; 88-8.2 OT - original digital audio recording (VHS, SP, stereo) by Laurel Sercombe for archives (1:33:00); 88-8.3-4 EC - analog copy of digital original.

Equipment: for video recording: JVC HR-S2OU (VCR); for digital recording: Panasonic PV-6000 (VCR), Sony PCM-F1.


1) Music of Vietnam (1st half of concert) featuring Phong Nguyen (visiting artist 1987-88) with guest artist Thu Van.

2) Music and Dance of Indonesia (2nd half of concert) featuring Endo Suanda (Ph.D. student) with guest artists Irawati Durban Ardjo, Undang Sumarna, and Marjie Suanda.

Documentation: Concert flyer & program

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Concerts
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Sundanese
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology
  • Vietnamese--Asia--Southeast Asia
  • Geographical Names :
  • Asia
  • Indonesia--Asia--Southeast Asia
  • Oceania
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Southeast Asia--Asia--Southeast Asia
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Video recordings
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Ardjo, Irawati Durban (performer)
    • Nguyễn, Phong (performer)
    • Suanda, Endo (performer)
    • Suanda, Marjie (performer)
    • Sumarna, Undang (performer)
    • Van, Thu (performer)