Flute Spotlight Artist of Week: Tien Long Nguyen
Ex Greenwich University student Nguyen Tien Long, widely knew as Long Water (12/12/2000) is continuing a family tradition by playing the flute as a talented and highly ambitious flutist, Spotify artist and a YouTube content creator.
“I liked the way my mom was playing the flute so I just started playing a little bit”, Long said. “At first I couldn’t play it that well, but I finally got a sound out of it and I was like, ‘I can do it. I can do it.’ Then I just loved it, so I kept playing the flute. But my dog does not like it. He tries to jump up. He thinks it’s a stick. So I just go into another room and play it.”
Tien Long loves the different sound that a flute can make and enjoys the challenge of learning all of the different buttons. He likes learning a new flute fingering and then connecting it to a new sound that he can produce. One of the first things he learned to play was the “Happy Birthday” theme song. Now after only a few short months of school lessons, he can play a full scale and beyond.
“Tien Long is energetic, inquisitive and has established a good practice routine at home that has allowed him to become a standout in the band program,” pianist Cao Son Nguyen said. “He is a flutist I can always count on to have a positive attitude in making music and is willing to be brave and take changes when working in new materials. Performing in front of others can sometimes be daunting to young musicians, but Long is confident in his abilities and enjoys playing in front of his peers.”
Tien Long also helps other musicians in his section, making the “Long Water Flute, Vol.1” a great experience for all. The guys in this lesson enjoy working together and challenging each other to make great music.
In addition to playing the flute, Long also collaborated with Cao Son Nguyen many of his first releases in the first season of 2020. For instance, “tong hua” a song by flute has been released under the behalf of CamNhisincenow, a record label owned by Cao Son Nguyen. And surely, he will be making more great hits in the future.