We are „Lao Xao Trio“ from Dresden, Germany. We are a „Chamber-worldmusic-Ensemble“ consisting of the vietnamese singer and percussionist Khanh Nguyễn,
the guitarplayer Stefan Wehrenpfennig and the Celloplayer Diethard Krause. We deal with vietnamese Folktunes by playing and arranging them in a new creative way.
For our work we've been honored several times: In 2011 we received the „Creole-Worldmusic-Award“ and we won the Creole Global Contest 2018, in summer 2013 we received the „Ruth-Worldmusic-Award“ - the most important award existing for worldmusic in Germany. Our album „Upon tree Đa“ has been nominated for the „Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik“ - Germany's most important award for records.
Stefan guitar, percussion, dan moi
Stefan Wehrenpfennig has studied guitar with the focus of Jazz-Rock-Pop and World Music in Dresden under the direction of Ralf Beutler, Stephan Bormann und Thomas Fellow and took part in numerous workshops (e.g. with Marc Ducret, Richie Beirach, Markus Stockhausen, Ferenc Snétberger, Sylvain Luc and Nguyên Lê). He is exposed to different musical influences from Jazz, Pop, Soul, Funk, and Latin Jazz in diverse formations. Lastly, Wehrenpfennig had the chance to cooperate with the Dresdner Philharmonie and to give concerts with Günter Baby Sommer. One of his outstanding skills is the capability to empathize with the most different styles of music very quickly and exceedingly aesthetically. He is extremely receptive to any kind of music, no matter whether Vietnamese folklore or Sicilian Tarantellas, Schubert, Free Jazz or Bach…
Khanh vocals, percussion, dan tranh
Khanh Nguyen, a daughter of Vietnamese parents, was born in Koblenz and is living in Dresden, where she had discovered her passion for singing. She is gathering extensive musical experience from performances with various ensembles and bands and from her tremendous repertoire reaching from classical standards in Jazz to Rock and Pop. In 2004 she began to study JazzRockPop-singing at the Hochschule für Musik Dresden and took lessons by Céline Rudolph, Janis Deyda-Teubert, Esther Kaiser, Nadia Maria Ollig and Thomas Groß. Inspired by Jazz, Rock, Pop and World Music, she started to write her own songs and increases her artistic capability by taking part in public rostrums like “Vocal Night” at the Jazzclub Tonne or “Bandsummit” at the Kleines Haus. Moreover, she sings in various projects, e.g. “Free Pop” (Duo with the guitarist Rüdiger Krause) and the Lao Xao Trio.
Diethard cello, dan bau
Diethard Krause has studied violoncello and viola da gamba in Dresden. In addition to participation in various projects in orchestra, chamber music and opera as well as free ensembles, he delves into musical influences from old music, JazzRockPop, the socalled World Music and improvisation. Playing the viola da gamba he took part at the Festival Mitte Europa, the Neuen Bachischen Collegium Musicum Leipzig at the Batzdorfer Hofkapelle. Moreover, he performed soloistic passages in Handels “Alcina” at the Semperoper Dresden. As a cello player he regularly participates in master classes of renowned violoncellists. He is substitute in the Dresdner Philharmonie and held a fixed term contract there. Presently, he studies in a postgraduate course for violoncello under the direction of Prof. Josef Schwab. (translation: Mathias Neitzke)