Vietnamese duo, Nguyen Le and Ngo Hong Quang, will perform tomorrow at Akbank Sanat as a part of "World Music Days" in Istanbul. Born in Paris from Vietnamese parents, Nguyen Le never lost interest in his own traditional music, although he became a world renowned musician through a different style. Le recorded many albums, and was nominated "Best International Guitarist" for the ECHO JAZZ 2015 (the German Music Awards), along with Bill Frisella and Pat Metheny. He also collaborated with world-renowned musicians, such as: Randy Brecker, Vince Mendoza, Eric Vloeimans, Carla Bley, Michel Portal, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Per Mathisen, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine, Trilok Gurtu, Paolo Fresu and Dhafer Youssef.
Le's first jazz-fusion experiment was his 1995 album "Tales from Vietnam." After releasing five successful studio albums with Huong Thanh, Le collaborated with Ngo Hong Quang for his latest studio albums, which will hit the shelves next year. Born and brought up in a village in Hai Duong in the north of Vietnam, Ngo Hong Quang's passion for traditional Vietnamese music encouraged him to become a professional musician and a music professor at the University of Hanoy. In time, Quang mastered traditional instruments, which are played by different ethnicities in Vietnam, such as Dan Nhi, Dan Bau, Dan Moi and Dan Tinh. His desire to promote traditional Vietnamese music enabled him to enroll in the La Haye Conservatory in the Netherlands.