Biography Tran Quang Hai (Vietnam/France)

Ethnomusicologist, musician and composer Tran Quang Hai comes from a family of five generations of musicians. He studied music in Saigon before moving in 1961 to France, where he studied the theory and practice of Oriental music with his father, Professor Dr. Tran Van Khe. For several years, Tran Quang Hai also attended seminars on ethnomusicology at the School of High Studies for Social Sciences, and received Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees. In 2002, he was awarded the title Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in France. He has advanced the technique of spoon playing and of the Jew's harp. In 1970, he found by himself the key to the technique of overtone singing and has become the world famous expert of this peculiar split-tone singing known as khoomei. He has recorded 15 LPs, 8 CDs, 4 video films, and 4 DVDs. Since 1966, he has given over 3,000 concerts in 70 countries, and has taken part in approximately 130 international traditional music festivals all over the world.