Friday, July 15, 2016


Le-Tuyen Nguyen is an Australian composer, researcher and music teacher. His research interests include guitar music, Australian music with Asian influences and Vietnamese traditional music.  Le-Tuyen is the inventor of the new guitar technique staccato-harmonic duotone, which is featured in Six epigrams for guitar: illustrating Le-Tuyen Nguyen’s discovery of duotones on the guitar by the prominent Australian composer Larry Sitsky.  

Le-Tuyen is the co-founder of the GuiHANGtar Duo in collaboration with Salil Sachdev of Bridgewater State University (USA) and a founding member of the Indochina Theatre Film Project.  Currently a Teaching Fellow at the Australian National University, Le-Tuyen has worked in leadership roles within New South Wales Department of Education and Training Australia

Guihangtar - Lê-Thuyên & Salil Sachdev
Guihangtar comprises guitarist Le-Tuyen Nguyen (Australia) and percussionist Salil Sachdev (USA). The duo initially emerged as a potential collaboration incorporating the guitar and the Hang (a percussion instrument invented in Switzerland in 2000). However, Guihangtar’s maiden concert in 2010 evolved to include other percussion instruments as well.

Guihangtar performs compositions and arrangements largely inspired by, but not limited to, nature and traditional music. The essence of the group is such that it is an evolving musical dialogue not bound by any specific cultural confines.

Traditional melodic and rhythmic idioms weave with Western music exploring the technical and expressive dimensions of the guitar, enhanced with percussion instruments from various parts of the world.

Guihangtar exemplifies a continually emerging and exciting interaction between two musicians with varied cultural and musical backgrounds residing on opposite sides of the world. It is an expression of tradition, innovation, and global interaction."


"Highland Dreaming" at Charles Darwin University

Lý Con Sáo - Gillawarma

"Nocturne" Staccato Harmonic Duotone Technique - Darwin International Guitar Festival Charles Darwin University

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