“Huu Bac blew us away with his dynamism, talent, humour and his creativity”
-Marie-Josée Boucher – Info-Culture
huu bac / Dan bau, erhu, quena, guitar
Huu Bac, born in Vietnam from parents of Chinese/Vietnamese descent, moved to Canada with his family at age two. He first studied jazz guitar at Montreal’s McGill University, before focusing on the dan bar (Vietnamese monochord) under the guidance of master Pham Duc Thanh. An international grant allowed him to explore the erhu (Chinese fiddle) at Shanghai University, with later continuation of his studies at Beijing Central Conservatory with professor Yang Xue and private lessons from master Chen Yaoxing.
On his return to Montreal in 2006, renowned Peruvian composer Lucho Quequezana led to performances in Peru with the group Sonidos Vivos. From 2009 to 2015, he collaborated Cirque du Soleil in recording for the shows “Totem” and “Toruk” and for artistic director Robert Lepage’s “Canotgraphie.” In 2010, Huu distinguished himself as a finalist for the Montreal Arts Council Diversity Award. As a composer, he has been continuously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Quebec Council for the Arts and Montreal Arts Council.
Nourished by travel, Huu dedicates himself to composing and performing contemporary jazz music blending Eastern and Western colours which express his asian cultural heritage against a North American backdrop.
The Huu Bac Quintet, founded in 2013, has since toured Canada, the United States, China and Korea, The ensemble has garnered various awards including the 2014 RIDEAU/ROSEQ Award, Entrées en Scène Loto-Québec 2015-16, the 2015 Stingray Rising Stars Award, the 2016 MUZ Public Choice Award, and a nomination for the 2017 Montreal International Jazz Festival TD Grand Jazz Award.
“On the Steps of St-Paul’s,” his first album as a composer and multi-instrumentalist, was released in November 2017.
The Huu Bac Quintet are:
• Huu Bac Quach | Founder
• Zoé Dumais | Violin
• Etienne Mason | Drums
• Sébastien Pellerin | Upright Bass
• Emie Rioux-Roussel | Piano
PHOTO CREDIT : Johanna Katarina / Jeff Malo
“Huu Bac Quintet, a groupe led by an original and audacious composer-performer …. a musical journey where originality flirts with eclecticism.”
– Éric Dumais / La Bible Urbaine