Thanh Cảnh (Sound & Landscape)

At the start of this year we partnered with Hanoi based organisation Lên Ngàn to deliver an exciting new project titled Thanh Cảnh (Sound & Landscape). Thanh Cảnh brought together artists from Scotland and Vietnam to explore sound’s relationship to land, language and tradition.

As part of a two phase project in Vietnam, we invited musicians Sholto Dobie,Trần Hoài Anh, Ly Mí Cường, Long Ngoc Minh, Inge Thomson and Nguyễn Trung Bảo to spend time together in the Ha Giang mountains, visiting the friends and family of Ly Mí Cường. Cường is part of the Hmong community and together the group were welcomed by local musicians and instrument makers, learning through improvisation, instrument making and recording.

Over a two week period in June the artists and producers led a range of interdisciplinary activities in Hanoi, Đồng Văn and Ha Giang including fieldwork, workshops, symposiums and an openlab.

In the following months the artists worked on new material that was premiered in Hanoi in September 2023.

We are absolutely delighted to share a small selection of this material with you via our website and hope you get a sense of the incredible work and friendships made.


Sholto Dobie,Trần Hoài Anh, Ly Mí Cường, Long Ngoc Minh, Inge Thomson and Nguyễn Trung Bảo


Inge Thomson

Inge has been creating music for over 25 years as a composer, producer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist and performer. She grew up on Fair Isle surrounded by salt, sea, fish and birds and her work is inspired by the environment and her place in it. Inge’s work over the past decade has been collaborative, affording her new […]

artist Inge Thomson

Sholto Dobie

Sholto was born in Edinburgh and lives in Vilnius. He uses loose structures and a wide range of sound sources including homemade organs and gourds. His performances are personal and intuitive, often seeming subtle, sensual, and goofy. Sholto has recorded and performed with artists and musicians including Rie Nakajima, Judith Hamann, Lia Mazzari, Shakeeb Abu […]

artist Sholto Dobie, image credit Valentin Duduk

Nguyễn Bảo Trung (Trung Bảo)

Trung Bảo is a Beatboxer and visual artist from Hanoi. He studied Graphic Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art (USA) and has won awards at World Beatboxing Tournaments throughout the world. Trung Bảo has an interest in Vietnamese cultural heritage drawing from graphic history and folk music.

artist Nguyễn Bảo Trung

Lương Minh (Lương Ngọc Minh)

Lương Minh lives and work in Hanoi and studied classical trumpet at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in 2005. After graduating from the Intermediate School of Music; he won a full scholarship to study in Russia, completing his bachelor’s programme at the Faculty of Pedagogical Education, Kursk University, Russia. Lương Minh took part in […]

artist Lương Minh
artist Ly Mí Cường

Ly Mí Cường

Cường is a young Hmong artist from the highlands in Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. He grew up in the indigenous cultural environment of the Hmong community, studied with artisans playing musical instruments such as flute, lute, and khèn and practiced his music daily. Cường has a deep interest in sharing his culture with others both […]


Trần Hoài Anh

Hoài Anh came to music from a young age in a family rich in artistic and cultural traditions. She has trained through a variety of music programmes at home and in Europe: studying Ethnic Music, with painting, gourd, and t’rung instruments at Hanoi College of Culture and Arts; Classical Music with Piano and Harp at […]

artist Trần Hoài Anh


A series of performances that took place in Hanoi as part of the Thanh Cảnh (Sound & Landscape) final showcase.

Sholto Dobie Wasps Nest in a Roof 2023 – A short clip from Sholto’s three hour performance as part of Thanh Cảnh (Sound & Landscape) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Film by Emmie McLuskey


Ly Mí Cường Nguôn – Ly Mí Cường’s newly commissioned piece as part of Thanh Cảnh (Sound & Landscape) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Film by Lên Ngàn


Inge Thomson ‘Two Moons’ 2023 – Inge Thomson’s newly commissioned piece as part of Thanh Cảnh (Sound & Landscape) performed in Hanoi, Vietnam. Film by Lên Ngàn


Thanh Cảnh would not be able to happen without our partners. AC Projects sees collaboration as one of the most important aspects in delivering exciting and challenging cultural projects. We were delighted to work with our Vietnamese partners – Lên Ngàn.

We acknowledge and appreciate the support of the British Council and were delighted to be part of their UK/ Viet Nam Season 2023 and also the support of Creative Scotland through their Open Project Fund.