The event is part of the Soul Connects program that brings together ideas from inspiring experts in the fields of music and the arts through a series of engaging and informative talks. The workshop will take place at 7 p.m. at Soul Live Project, 214-216 Pasteur Street in District 3.
Born into a musical family in Vietnam in 1969, Cuong Vu moved to the U.S. and settled in Seattle, Washington when he was six years old. He started playing the trumpet at age 11.
Vu was awarded a scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music. After graduating with a B.A. in jazz studies, Vu moved to New York in 1994 and began his career actively leading various groups while touring extensively throughout the world. He has released 8 recordings, each making critics' lists of the 10 best recordings of their respective years. Each record displays how he has carved out a distinctive sonic territory on the trumpet, blurring all stylistic borders while developing his own compositional aesthetic.
While a member of the Pat Metheny Group he won two Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Jazz Album: Speaking of Now and The Way Up.
Cuong Vu is widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a generation of innovative musicians. He has performed together with a wide range of artists including Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Cibo Matto, and Mitchell Froom.