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Meet the Vietnamese female flutist praised by David Foster

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 21:01 GMT+7

Huyen Trang, whose "magnificent" performance by multiple Grammy-winning musician David Foster earned her praise from the man himself, has recently produced an EDM piece combining Vietnamese and Western flutes.

In her 3 minute 45 second music video called 'Sunset,' Trang wows listeners with strange but catchy melodies created by the meo flute - a traditional instrument of the Hmong ethnic minority in northern Vietnam - and the Western flute combined with EDM beats in the background.

Previously, she impressed music lovers by fusing the two kinds of flute in her performance in the 2nd season of the reality show Asia’s Got Talent in March last year.

The artist who describes herself as “a flutist who plays all genres of music” on her Facebook page won 4 yes’es from the show’s judges after delivering a piece combining the northern Vietnamese folk song “Inh La Oi” and Imagine Dragon’s hit 'Radioactive.'

"I see a thousand flute players, but I don't see any of them that look like you and can play those wooden instruments the way you played them,” Canadian musician David Foster said after Trang’s performance. “The tone was just magnificent."

Huyen Trang at 2015 Asia's Got Talent

Flute, rock, beatbox and EDM

With a 12-year background in classical music training in flutes at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, Trang, who is a former member of the Rhapsody Philharmonic Orchestra, has always looked for new experiments with her music.

Huyền Trang: cô gái xinh đẹp thổi sáo “phá phách”

Flutist Huyen Trang

Trang has brought her melodies closer to the community by covering the hits of famous local singers like Vu Cat Tuong, Son Tung MTP, or well renowned pieces like 'See You Again' from the 2015 blockbuster 'Fast and Furious 7' and Armin Van Buuren’s Grammy-nominated 'This Is What It Feels Like.'

“I posted my videos on YouTube two years ago and surprisingly people started to subscribe,” the flute player told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper during a recent interview.

Trang has also worked with young DJs to remix familiar songs in order to acquaint listeners with her instrument.

In the semi-final round of the 2013 Vietnam’s Got Talent show, Trang wowed the audience with her performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake combining flute and beatboxing on the background melodies played by an orchestra led by musician Duc Tri and a DJ.

Moreover, those who keep their eyes on Trang have seen her experiment with the flute to play rock and EDM pieces.

After putting her heart into covering songs and bringing the flute closer to listeners, it seems that now is the time for the young girl to create works which reflect her personality and own music style.

Trang has worked with talented producer Slim V to combine Western and Vietnamese flutes in electronic pieces like 'Sunset.'

'Sunset' by Huyen Trang

She is expecting to release her first album on flutes based on those experiments at the end of this year.

One of the inspirations for Trang’s music is her life in Ho Chi Minh City.

“People in Ho Chi Minh City really know how to enjoy their life,” Trang said. “Work hard, play hard.”

“I may have been influenced by that and think that outside of working, we have passions and should never forget to live for those passions,” said Trang, who is teaching music at an international school in the southern city.

Speaking about the musical creativity of the young generation, local musician Duc Tri said he felt happy for them and even happier for the country’s music scene to have such talents.

“Music is not only singing,” he said. “Now is the time for young people to be motivated to learn traditional musical instruments.”

'Radioactive' by Huyen Trang

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