Song Lang

by Aaken / Tôn Thât An

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Original score for 'Song Lang' Leon Le's first feature film. A story between a tough, embittered gangster and a young performer of Cải lương (a form of musical theatre in South Vietnam) in the Saigon of the 80's.

"In terms of music style, I dwelled between atmospheric electric guitars, which draws a dark and brooding portrait of Dũng, the gangster. Since Cải lương music plays a predominant part in the film, I felt that the score didn;t need to underline that.
I was very much inspired by the tone of Hong Kong and Korean film noirs, with slight hints of Vietnamese traditional music. The lighter, more luminous side is expressed through acoustic instruments: solo cello, acoustic guitar, a small string ensemble and piano. Leon Le let me follow my instinct and only insisted on a more lyrical approach for the final scene of the film (Elegy). After spending a whole week with many unsuccesful attempts, I finally 'got't it and called my long time cellist friend Christophe Boissière to play the theme as well as the other parts."

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released August 16, 2018

Music composed, produced and arranged by Tôn Thất An (Aaken)

Musicians:

Emily Chang: solo cello
Christophe Boissière: solo cello
Koji Yoda: violin solo
Franco Maigue: guitar
Leon Le: vocal
Tôn Thất An: piano, cello, percussion
Gan Guo: erhu
Wendy Wan, Alice Lin: violins
Julia Chen: viola
Pei-Yian Wei: cello
Christophe Saunière: harp
Sam Liao: electric guitar

Recorded at Flying Studio in Taipei and Paris, between May and July 2018

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Aaken / Tôn Thât An 台北市, Taiwan

Aaken is the stage name of Tôn-Thât An, a French born Vietnamese singer, composer, songwriter and pianist.

He blends his love for classical music, an indie pop/rock sensitivity, electronic sounds and beats to his Asian roots and a cinematic approach to music.

His field of action spans music for contemporary dance, theatre plays, film score, and many, many songs
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