Vu and his new group Speak play the Fine Arts Center at 8 p.m. this evening (Wednesday) as part of the ongoing Conflict | Resolution project.
The New York Times, in a 2008 piece on Vietnamese-born trumpeter’s previous group, Vu-Tet, raved:
There are few trumpeters in downtown music who play with as much authority as Cuong Vu. His compositions for this quintet, with their skillfully written sequential episodes through patches of wooliness and calm, are fast gaining pace with his strong tone and improvisational skill.
Tickets are $7 for the public, $5 for students, with a free UCCS student poetry slam preceding the event at 6 p.m.
Fans of Nils Petter Molvaer's echo-laden trumpet soundscapes should especially love Vu's calmer, woolier compositions. Here's a short clip of a Vu trio performance at the Denver jazz club Dazzle, just to whet your appetite: