The infamous 1968 massacre of Vietnamese villagers by American soldiers at My Lai provides the context for this gripping new work written by Stanford faculty composer Jonathan Berger and Bay Area novelist Harriet Scott Chessman for the Kronos Quartet, tenor Rinde Eckert, and Vietnamese multi-instrumental Vân Ánh Vanessa Võ. My Lai, which uses traditional Vietnamese percussion and digitally processed sounds, is told from the perspective of the heroic helicopter pilot who tried to stop the slaughter and was vilified for reporting it.
Jonathan Berger, composer
Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ, performers
Harriet Scott Chessman, librettist
Brian H. Scott, lighting designer
The performance will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
PRESHOW TALK: THE FORGOTTEN HERO OF MY LAI
At 6:30 pm, join veteran journalist Trent Angers for a preshow talk on U.S. Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson. A discussion with the artists also follows the performance.
This performance is part of the 2015-16 Live Context: Art + Ideas series.