Music From a Vietnamese Funeral

Back in June, a funeral was held in our alley here in Saigon. At least, we think  it was a funeral. It involved tables and chairs out in the alley, and a band that was playing music from early in the morning until very late at night.

I recorded some of the music, because it was pretty interesting. I most enjoyed the guitar solos, and the semi-atonal lines played by the double-reed player. (I’m not sure of the name of that oboe-like instrument, but I call it “shawm”–the old European name for it–in the track titles.) I posted this to my own Soundcloud earlier, but that got filled up so I moved them to a different account. For your enjoyment, or bafflement, highlights from that funeral:

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