THE CA TRÙ
> Hanoi Ca Tru Thai Ha Ensemble
Monde de la Musique : SHOCK!
Ca trù singing is inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding (UNESCO)
Ca trù is an art musical form, mostly vocal which originated six centuries ago in North Vietnam. It is performed for a small group of listeners at leisure time and in the intimacy of a small room. Women sing these songs and mark the rhythm on a phach, a thin bamboo or wooden board thirty centimetres long which is struck using two wooden sticks. The singer is accompanied by the dan day lute; a drum called trong chau marks the phrasing and indicates well-sung passages. A music which bears witness to the high refinement of the Vietnamese literati.
The Nguyen family, disciples of master Quach Thi Ho, revives this six-hundred year-old tradition.