They performed “Mua o” (umbrella dance) and “Upon tree Da” that both of their albums “Mua o” and “Upon tree da” were nominated for the distinguished Preis der Deutschen Schallplattendritik.
The trio was set up by Khanh Nguyen (Voice, percussion, 16 chord zither of Vietnam – dan tranh), Stefan Wehrenpfenning (Guitar, dan moi) and Diethard Krause (cello, monochord dan bau).
The trio has won the World Music Competition, Creole Mitteldeutschland 2011 and the Creole Global Contest 2018. In 2015, Lao Xao Trio was awarded RUTH, the most important prize for world music in Germany.
The Trio had ever also performed at festivals like TFF Rudolstadt, transVocale Frankfurt/Oder Folklorum Einsiedel, Bardentreffen Nurnberg and the Fusion-Festival Larz…
Khanh Nguyen is German- born daughter for Vietnamese parents who develops a tremendous expressiveness between the poles of European and Far East sound culture.
She is gathering extensive musical experience from performances with various ensembles and bands and from here tremendous repertoire reaching from classical standards in Jazz to Rock and Pop. In 2004, she began to study JazzRockPop singing at the Hochschule fur Musik Dresden and took lesson by Celine Rudolph, Janis Deyda Teubert, Esther Kaiser, Nadia Maria Ollig and Thomas Grob.
She started to write her own songs and increases her artistic capability by taking part in public rostrums like vocal night at the Jazz club tonne or band summit at the Kleines Haus.
In May 2014, she took the leading part as princess Oanh in Karsten Gundermanns Vietnamese opera Drachensohne und Feentochter in collaboration with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Stefan Wehrenpfennig 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.
Diethard Krause studied violoncello and viola da gamba in Dresden and in a postgraduate course for violoncello under the direction of Prof. Josef Schwab. In addition to participant 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.
He took part in the festival mitte Europa the Neuen Bachischen Collegium Musicum Leipzig at the Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, the Collegium 1704 and others.
Since 2014, he is member of the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra.