Huu Bac Quintet: Performing Arts Trail

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Huu Bac Quintet: Performing Arts Trail

May 5, 2023 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm PDT

The Performing Arts Trail series, presented by Trail & District Arts Council, brings you the Huu Bac Quintet.Composer and multi-instrumentalist, Huu Bac Quach founded his quintet in Montreal in 2013, skillfully combining his Vietnamese and Chinese heritages to North-American jazz music.Backed by a solid team of some of the most prominent musicians from the Montreal jazz scene, Huu Bac performs his compositions inspired by his numerous travels in Asia, Europe and South America.Huu Bac was born in Vietnam from parents of Chinese descent. His family moved to Canada when he was 2. In 2002, he discovered the beauty of the Vietnamese monochord, the Dan Bau, under the guidance of master Pham Duc Thanh. In 2003, an international study grant lead him to the Shanghai Conservatory where he learned the Chinese fiddle, the Erhu, which he later perfected at Beijing Central Conservatory with professor Yang Xue and additional private lessons from master Chen Yaoxing.

Back in Montreal in 2006, an encounter with renowned Peruvian composer Lucho Quequezana lead him to perform in Peru with the group Sonidos Vivos. Huu Bac’s intimate contact with afro-Peruvian music and music from the Andes became a source of inspiration in his artistic journey, and lead him to learn the Andean bamboo flute, the Quena.From 2009 to 2015, he collaborated twice with the Cirque du Soleil, recording for the shows “Totem” and “Toruk”. He also recorded for “Canotgraphie”, a show by artistic director Robert Lepage.In concert, Huu Bac charms through the beauty and intensity of his musical pieces as well as through his playing of the dan bau (single chord Vietnamese instrument), the erhu (Chinese fiddle), the quena (Peruvian flute) and the guitar.He performs his music with his quintet from Montreal: Guillaume Martineau on piano, Sébastien Pellerin on bass, Etienne Mason on drums, and Vanessa Marcoux on violin. They have garnered various awards : “RIDEAU/ROSEQ Award 2014”, “Entrées en Scène Loto-Québec 2015-16”, “Stingray Rising Stars Award 2015”, “MUZ Public Choice Award 2016”, and a nomination for “Montreal International Jazz Festival TD Grand Jazz Award 2017”.The Huu Bac Quintet delivers a true dialogue between Asian, North, and South American cultures in a contemporary, original and unique way!2 x 45 minute set with intermissionIndividual Adult Ticket: $30.00.PLUS:• the bargain price of $10 for anyone under 30 years old• 2 for 1 for hospital / medical employees for all Performing Arts Trail shows.• New attendees 2 for 1: Bring someone who hasn’t been to the theatre before and get 2 for 1 for all Performing Arts Trail shows. New patron must not already be in our database and must join our email list.All tickets are assigned seating.All tickets available online at, by phone at 250-368-9669, and in person at the Bailey Box Office at 1501 Cedar Ave., Trail.The Performing Arts Trail series is sponsored by Teck Trail Operations, Pharmasave Trail and Century 21 Kootenay Homes (2018) Ltd. With funding support from the BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the BC Touring Council and Tourism South Kootenay. This series is funded [in part] by the Government of Canada. / Ce projet est financé [en partie] par le gouvernement du Canada.


May 5, 2023
7:30 pm–9:30 pm PDT
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The Bailey Theatre, 1501 Cedar Ave.
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Trail & District Arts Council