Arrived in Quebec from Vietnam at the age of two, Huu Bac absorbs with great enthusiasm life in his new homeland. His musical journey starts in Montreal (McGill University) with a sound foundation in jazz guitar. In 2002, he discovers the beauty of the vietnamese monochord, the Dan Bau, under the guidance of master Pham Duc Thanh. He works on traditional repertoire all the while integrating western pieces. His curiosity for ancient string instruments leads him to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he learns the chinese fidlle, the Erhu.
Back in Montreal in 2006, he encounters renoun peruvian composer Lucho Quequezana who invites him to a musical journey in Peru with the group Sonidos Vivos. This intimate contact with afro-peruvian music and music from the Andes is a source a inspiration in his artistic itinerary. Learning to play the andean bambo flute, the Quena, Huu Bac expands his talents of performer to a new instrument.
From 2009 to 2015, he collaborates 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 2010, he distinguishes himself as finalist for the “Montreal Arts Council Diversity Award”. Recipient in 2011 and 2012 of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts as a composer, he is as well invited in 2011 to take part in the festival “Africa-Asia Encounters”, in Paris.
Nourrished by his travels and encounters, he dedicates himself to the composition and performance of a present day jazz music blending eastern and western colours. The waters of the Mekong River flows in his compositions, expressing his asian cultural heritage in the North American backdrop.
In november 2013, he founded the Huu Bac Quintet, which has since toured in Canada, USA, China and Korea as well as garnered various awards : “RIDEAU/ROSEQ Award 2014”, “Entrées en Scène Loto-Québec 2015-16”, “Stingray Rising Stars Award 2015” and “Public Choice Award 2016” at Vitrine des Musiques Locales Métissées.
His first album as a composer/multi-instrumentalist, “On the Steps of St-Paul’s”, was released in November 2017.