Huu Bac Quintet: Performing Arts Trail

May 2 7:30 to 9:30 pm

The Performing Arts Trail series, presented by Trail & District Arts Council, brings you the Huu Bac Quintet.

Composer and multi-instrumentalist, Huu Bac Quach founded his quintet in Montreal in 2013, skillfully combining his Vietnamese and Chinese heritages to North-American jazz music.

Backed by a solid team of some of the most prominent musicians from the Montreal jazz scene, Huu Bac performs his compositions inspired by his numerous travels in Asia, Europe and South America.

Huu Bac was born in Vietnam from parents of Chinese descent. His family moved to Canada when he was 2. In 2002, he discovered the beauty of the Vietnamese monochord, the Dan Bau, under the guidance of master Pham Duc Thanh. In 2003, an international study grant lead him to the Shanghai Conservatory where he learned the Chinese fiddle, the Erhu, which he later perfected at Beijing Central Conservatory with professor Yang Xue and additional private lessons from master Chen Yaoxing.

Back in Montreal in 2006, an encounter with renowned Peruvian composer Lucho Quequezana lead him to perform in Peru with the group Sonidos Vivos. Huu Bac's intimate contact with afro-Peruvian music and music from the Andes became a source of inspiration in his artistic journey, and lead him to learn the Andean bamboo flute, the Quena.

From 2009 to 2015, he collaborated twice with the Cirque du Soleil, recording for the shows “Totem” and “Toruk”. He also recorded for “Canotgraphie”, a show by artistic director Robert Lepage. In concert, Huu Bac charms through the beauty and intensity of his musical pieces as well as through his playing of the dan bau (single chord Vietnamese instrument), the erhu (Chinese fiddle), the quena (Peruvian flute) and the guitar.

He performs his music with his quintet from Montreal: Guillaume Martineau on piano, Sébastien Pellerin on bass, Etienne Mason on drums, and Vanessa Marcoux on violin. They have garnered various awards : “RIDEAU/ROSEQ Award 2014”, “Entrées en Scène Loto-Québec 2015-16”, “Stingray Rising Stars Award 2015”, “MUZ Public Choice Award 2016”, and a nomination for "Montreal International Jazz Festival TD Grand Jazz Award 2017".

The Huu Bac Quintet delivers a true dialogue between Asian, North, and South American cultures in a contemporary, original and unique way!2 x 45 minute set with intermission.

6 Show Series Pass: $148 **Don't miss out on this great offer.**

Individual Adult Ticket: $30.00, except Shane Koyczan which is $35, or the bargain price of $10 for anyone under 30 years old.

All tickets are assigned seating and are available online at, by phone at 250-368-9669, and in person at the Bailey Box Office at 1501 Cedar Ave., Trail.

Shows in the Performing Arts Trail series include:

Ridge: Tues Nov 8, 2022 - A vivid and intimate examination of our connection to the past, through stories from Vimy Ridge, that passionately argues against the exploitation of young lives. Featuring musical interpretations of WWI soldier songs performed by Brendan McLeod and his band The Fugitives.

Oktopus: Tues Feb 28, 2023 – The Quebec octet Oktopus is devoted to klezmer—the musical heritage of Eastern European Jews. The group’s virtuoso musicians offer original compositions, finely crafted arrangements and improvisation for a high-energy performance, at once melancholic, profound, and humorous.

Ballet Kelowna: taqəš and Other Works - Tues March 7, 2023 - Featuring up to 8 dancers this stunning line-up has John Alleyne’s methodically harmonized Split House Geometric, Guillaume Côté’s riveting Bolero, and Cameron Fraser-Monroe’s powerful and compelling new work taqəš set to songs by Polaris Prize-winning Jeremy Dutcher and following the traditional story “Raven Returns the Water”.

Shane Koyczan: Tues March 28, 2023 - There seems no shortage of adjectives to describe a show by spoken word poet, writer and performer Shane Koyczan. Moving, hilarious, challenging, provocative, or inspirational. Take your pick.

Sansei: The Storyteller and Yamabiko Taiko Drummers (double bill): Tuesday April 18 2023 - Sansei: The Storyteller uses dance, theatre, and humour to tell the story of one of Canada’s darkest decisions and how the rampant racism of past generations affected the Japanese community today. The Yamabiko Taiko drummers will close out the evening with their high energy performance on Japanese Taiko-style drums.

Huu-Bac Quintet: Tuesday May 2, 2023 - Huu Bac Quach and his quintet, based in Montreal, skillfully combine his Vietnamese and Chinese heritages with North-American jazz music. His beautiful compositions feature the dan bau (single chord Vietnamese instrument), the erhu (Chinese fiddle), the quena (Peruvian flute) and the guitar.

The Performing Arts Trail series is sponsored by Teck Trail Operations, Pharmasave Trail and Century 21 Kootenay Homes (2018) Ltd. With funding support from the BC Arts Council, the Government of British Columbia, the BC Touring Council and Tourism South Kootenay. This project is funded [in part] by the Government of Canada. / Ce projet est financé [en partie] par le gouvernement du Canada.

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Town: Rossland, BC
Venue: The Bailey Theatre
Address: 1501 Cedar Avenue, Trail