Aaken x Tôn-Thât An x 尊室安

Aaken (aka Tôn-Thất An) is a Parisian born Vietnamese composer whose field of action spans music for contemporary dance, theatre plays, film score, songs as well as orchestral and instrumental works.
He has composed extensively for Japanese choreographer Jo Kanamori and his company Noism, their first collaboration NINA – materialise sacrifice (2005) toured around the world, PLAY 2 PLAY was awarded best dance work in Japan in 2007, while Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) (2010) blended dance, video, opera and bunraku puppet theatre. He has also collaborated with Régine Chopinot and Jean Paul Gaultier on W.h.a. (2003) and with Taiwanese dance wunderkind Huang Yi on Symphony Project (2010), Double Yellow Line (2012)Shadows of Sound (2013), which was premiered at the Ailey CityGroup Theater in New York, and Floating Domain (2014), a piece created for CloudGate 2.
He has also scored for long-feature and short films: The Hole (2011) by Tsai Ming Liang, for fashion designer Johan Ku, Thief (2011) , 曉之春 [Dawn / Spring] (2014)  and Warmth 溫暖 (2016) by Jay Chern.

A singer-songwriter, he has made 2 studio albums: Circlesong (2005) and Hyperbody (2010), and is now completing a third album We Were (t)here, as well as Fukaeri, a collaborative project in partnership with Portuguese songstress Bévinda.
His work as a composer also took him to the Philharmonie Hall, Berlin in 2013 where he premiered The Legend of Thanh Giong, a piece commissioned by the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.
In 2015, he curated and directed an art project FEEL IN/OUT in Saigon, where he turned an old theatre into an art space, encompassing performing arts, film, music, dance, video installation and photography.

Now settled in Taipei, he continues to develop his activities in various creative fields. (see Projects)

SONY DSC Composing Thanh Giong - February 2013

 

FURTHER READING….

 

Interview in Tuổi Trẻ by Minh Trang | April 26th 2015

Interview (in Vietnamese) by Đức Bình for RFI | January 2011

Interview (In Chinese) for QP Magazine, Taipei, January 2014

 

 

 

 

 

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