Ken Leighton 4 p.m., July 29
Nam Chi Vu
RIYL: Paperback Statue, Joey Pearson, Alfonso Espriella, Kamikaze Pilot, Veruca Salt
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Influences: Victor Wooten, Riboflavin, Paperback Statue, Allotic, Joey Pearson, Alfonso Espriella, Kamikaze Pilot, Veruca Salt, Femme Fusion, Erin Ashe, Tripwrecked
Classical/jazz bassist Nam Chi Vu has been singing since she was 12, playing electric bass guitar since she was 13, acting since she was 14, and playing upright bass since she was 16. Her background consists of several genres from classical, jazz, rock, to pop. Her experience goes from sharing the stage in master classes with Victor Wooten to rocking out with Chicago-based band Veruca Salt.
Vu is a rare multi-threat talent. As a bassist, she’s among the city’s two or three best, equally comfortable playing classical, jazz, and rock. She's also involved in filmmaking, as screenwriter-coproducer, and actress.
“I’m working on a rock-and-roll film entitled The Predictables, which will be filmed here in San Diego,” says Vu. “The movie is about an English rocker who falls for a girl on the Internet and moves to San Diego to be with her and pursue his rock-and-roll dreams.”
Vu herself plays the rocker’s bandmate and eventual rebound girlfriend. “My character Cecilia gives him shit and pokes fun at him — so it’s basically a comedic love story, with lots of drinking-buddy humor.
Nam Chi Vu has recorded with with producer/bass player Josquin des Pres of Track Star Studios and with members of the Gipsy Kings. She currently plays Carvin "Bunny Brunel" 4 and 5 String Signature basses, Kesslar Contrabass with French Bow and Underwood Pickup, Carvin B800 Combo, and La Bella strings.
She plays with Paperback Statue, Joey Pearson, Alfonso Espriella, Kamikaze Pilot, Veruca Salt, Femme Fusion, Erin Ashe, and Tripwrecked. Her own band is called Riboflavin.