“The fifth cardinal diration” – “Die  fünfte Himmelsrichtung” (2017) is a 45 minutes music theatre for 4 performers – by composers Cao Thanh Lan and Gregor Siedl. This composition is inspired by the vocal music of ethnic minorities in Northern Vietnam – Dao, Hmong and Lolo people.

“The fifth cardinal direction” has been selected to be presented at Operadagen Rotterdam on the 24. May 2018 and at Musiktheatertagen Vienna on the 16. June 2018

Instrumentation: live electronics, clarinet, tăm lay, daxophone, gran cassa and small percussions, vocal.

The six acts of this composition each relates to a landmark or transitional period in a person’s life: birth, maturity, love, work and creation, (self)destruction and re-birth.

Excerpts from the premiere at Hanoi Opera House, 15.November 2017



Performers in the premiere

Nguyễn Kim Oanh (VN) – Vocal, Performance

Cao Thanh Lan (VN) – Synthesizer, Daxophone, live-Electronics, Performance

Gregor Siedl (AT) – Clarinet, Tăm lay, live-Electronics, Game calls, Performance

Lữ Mạnh Cường (VN) – Percussionist, Performance