Huu Bac Quintet
Saturday July 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm Waterloo City Hall Stage
Saturday July 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Waterloo City Hall Stage
Arriving in Quebec from Vietnam at the age of two, Huu Bac absorbs in his new homeland with great enthusiasm life. His musical journey started in Montreal (McGill University) with a sound foundation in jazz guitar. In 2002, he discovered the beauty of the Vietnamese monochord, the Dan Bau, under the guidance of master Pham Duc Thanh. He works on traditional repertoire all the while integrating western pieces. His curiosity for ancient string instruments leads him to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he learns the Chinese fiddle, the Erhu.
Back in Montreal in 2006, he encountered renowned Peruvian composer Lucho Quequezana who invited him to a musical journey in Peru with the group Sonidos Vivos. This intimate contact with Afro-Peruvian music and music from the Andes is a source of inspiration in his artistic itinerary. Learning to play the Andean bamboo flute, the Quena, Huu Bac expanded his talents of performer to a new instrument.
From 2009 to 2015, he collaborated twice with the Cirque du Soleil, recording for the shows “Totem” and “Toruk”. He also recorded for “Canotgraphie”, a show by artistic director Robert Lepage.
Nourished by his travels and encounters, he dedicates himself to the composition and performance of a present day jazz music blending eastern and western colours. The waters of the Mekong River flows in his compositions, expressing his Asian cultural heritage in the North American backdrop.
In November 2013, he founded the Huu Bac Quintet, which has since toured in Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario.