Khac Chi Performance, Jan 05

The premiere Vietnamese ensemble Khac Chi performed on the Harrisburg Academy’s stage on January 7, 2005. They led us on a fascinating musical journey through 4000 years of Vietnamese musical traditions.

Khac Chi performing with kids

Here, Bic plays the ko ni, a two-string violin with a resonator attached to silk thread placed in the player’s mouth.

Bill Wolford of WOMAD USA (where Khac Chi performed in July 2000) says the ko ni “would have made Jimi Hendrix throw away his wah-wah and Peter Frampton trash his voice box.”

Khac Chi performing with kids
 

Some lucky students got to join the ensemble onstage, and tried their own hands at playing the ensemble’s menagerie of instruments. Khac Chi showcases many instruments unique to the mountainous regions of Vietnam.

 
Khac Chi performing with kids

Chi, the other half of the duo, is behind Bic.

 

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The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) is supported by our members and many generous organizations.

Funding is provided by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County.

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