At the end of 2009, an American flew over half of the world from New York to Hậu Giang, Việt Nam, he was going to teach English. Who would know three years later, 2011, he comes on stage and performs Phôi Pha with one of the most talented Vietnamese singer, Tuấn Ngọc.
(Phôi pha is one of the most popular song in Vietnam since the mid of 20th century, if that does matter with you)
His story is short but interested. Many of you may have “been there – done that”. He started in Vietnam as a teacher, then studies Vietnamese with lots of interest. And it takes lots of effort and time to get onto the stages of Đồng Dao, ATB, Saxn’art Jazz Club, Lio…with lots of audiences.
His favourite Vietnamese composers are Trịnh Công Sơn, Ngô Thụy Miên, Phạm Duy. Those in the first place of Vietnamese modern music history.
Tuấn Ngọc and Kyo York with Phôi Pha at Đồng Dao
For me, I would definitely come to listen. It’s not because an expats that can remember lyrics and sings Vietnamese songs, it’s the feeling he puts into them, come straight to audiences’ mind.
SaigonStay – All the best a local friend can give you!