With inspiration from folk singing, singer of chamber music Khánh Ly tries new melodies on the new album. Photo courtesy of the artist
HÀ NỘI – Chamber music singer Khánh Ly has released a surprise new folk album entitled Lời Ru Nguồn Cội (Lullaby from the Origin).
The album consists of 12 folk songs from across the country.
She is known as a singer of chamber music after seeing success at national singing contests like Sao Mai (Morning Star). She currently works as a lecturer at the Việt Nam National Academy of Music, mastering in chamber music. However, she has loved folk singing since her childhood.
Recently, she decided to work with musicians Phạm Tuấn Anh, Lê Kim Long, Phạm Hoàng Huy and Dương Đức Thụy to re-record popular Vietnamese folk tunes.
“It’s harder than I imagined because the sophisticated techniques of chamber music influenced my voice, while folk singing needs an innocent and romantic spirit,” she said.
“So singing folk tunes with love is not enough, I have to hear the veteran artists singing folk songs many times until I can feel the attitude and melody of the song,” Ly added.
Sharing the inspiration behind the album, she said: “We all have a root, it’s our homeland. With this album, I want to send a message that no matter where we go, we all have to remember our origin, where we were born and grew up because that’s the place our soul is nurtured and enriched. Our achievement and personality in life have been shaped from childhood, from our homeland,” she said.
She intended to publish a CD but due to the pandemic, she decided to release the new album online so more people can listen to her music. VNS