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MusictobeHeardandSeenDatstheTicketPEOPLEWhenVietnamese-AmericanshearthenameDatNguyentheyalmostalwaysthinkofDatTanNguyentheformerTexasAMfootballplayerwholaterplayedfortheDallasCowboysforsevenseasonsandearnedAll-Americanhonors.ThosewhoarewellversedinboxingmaythinkofDatTienNguyenafeatherweightboxingchampionwhowonthebronzemedalinthe2003USboxingchampionshipbeforegoingprofessionalandrackingupanimpressiverecordof17winsin18ghtsincluding6knockouts.ThepersonwhoisthefocusofthisarticleisDatDucNguyenandheisnotaswell-knownastheothertwoDatsbuthisexceptionaltalentintheperformingartsislikelytochangeallthat.DatDucNguyenisaguitarvirtuosofromCaliforniawhoisearningaplaceamongsttheeliteclassofworldmusicians.AnImprobableJourneyFromthemomentthatDatdiscoveredtheguitarhislifechangedinwhatcouldbeconsideredmiraculousways.HewasbornblindtoanAmericanGIfatherheneverknewandwasorphanedattheageofve.FollowingyearsofabuseandabandonmenthelivedonthestreetsofSaigonwithhisyoungerhalf-sister.Havingsurvivedunimaginablehardshipshislifetookapositiveturnin1991whenattheageoftwentyhewasencouragedtopursuecitizenshipwhentheUnitedStatesgovernmentlaunchedahumanitarianprojecttobringAmerasiansbacktoAmerica.WhileinSaigonDatdemonstratedanearlyinterestandaptitudeformusic.Circumstancesbroughthimintocontactwithabenevolentblindmusicteacherwhohadacallingtohelpteachstudentssuchashim.ItwasonlynaturalthataftertwoyearsafterarrivinginCaliforniawherehewassponsoredbyaVietnameseAmericanfamilyDatpursuedadegreeinclassicalguitarwhenheenrolledatCaliforniaStateUniversityatFullerton.Fromthatpointforwardhistalentwasrecognizedintheformofthemanyawardshewonatnumerousguitarcompetitionstheaccoladeshereceivedfromthecommunitytheglowingmediaattentionandthenationalandinternationalvenueswhereheperformed.OneofhisbestpiecesofclassicalguitarHonVongPhuLegendsoftheWaitingStatueevokesdeepemotionsintheaudiencewhereveritisrecited.HisngerseffectivelybringtolifethemanynuancesofthepiecethehorsesgallopingtowardsthevillagetoannouncetheKingsrequestforamilitarydrafttheexhilaratingbeatofwardrumsthesoundsofswordsclashingbetweenmortalenemiesandthepoignantsighsoftheyoungwifewhowaitsforherhusbandtoreturnhome.YoucanexperienceitonYouTubeandjudgeforyourselves.TheFriendsofDatNguyenassureyouthatyouwillnotbedisappointedDatsguitarplayinghastakenhimaroundtheworldprimarilytotheVietnamese-AmericancommunitiesinEuropeAustraliaAsiaandNorthAmerica.Histalenthasendearedhimtolegionsofdevotedfansmanyofwhomhavebecomehisextendedfamilythatspanvecontinents.In2007whilehewasamemberoftherockbandBayaderaDathadtheopportunitytoplayalongsidehismusicalidolStevieWonderinwhatremainsoneofthemostmemorableexperiencesofhislife.AnIncrediblyPositiveSpiritLovePeopleandPeopleWillLoveYouInadditiontohismusicaltalentDathasproventobeasavvyentrepreneuraswell.HewasinstrumentalinthedesignofavarietyofappstoassistusersofiPhoneswhoareblindandvisuallyimpaired.Hewouldliketodevelopanappthatcanreadbusinesscardsaloud.In2012attheBrailleInstituteofOrangeCountysrstiPadworkshopfortheblindandvisuallyimpairedDatsaidTechnologycanmakebeingblindeasieranditsalsocool.Itcanputusonequalfootingwiththerestofthesightedpeoplenottoproveanythingbutjusttohelpliveourliveswithalittlemoreindependence.Atagatheringof14000peopleatthe10thannualcelebrationofhumanabilitiesearlierthisyearinLongBeachDatstatedThisfestivalisanotherstepforwardtocelebratethetalentofpeoplewhohappentobedisabled.Mygreateststrengthofmemorizationismelody.Peoplewithdisabilitiesarenotanobjecttobepitied.Wecanlivenormallives.Regardlessofwhatlifethrowsathimhehasproventhathecanalwaysmakelemonadefromabunchoflemons.DatsNewestCDandPerformanceinHoustonDatwillbeinHoustononOctober42013withAdamHotointroducehisnewestCDandpresentaveryuniqueshowinwhichhewillplayaselectionofclassicalandmodernguitarmusicincludingmanydifferentarrangementsandavarietyofotherperformingartswhicharebeingkeptsecretfornow.Visiteventbrite.comandkeyinSacredGuitarformoredetailsabouttheshowthatpromisestobeinspiringandmemorable.DatNguyenwithAdamHoOctober42013RosemarysGardenBanquetVenue14639BellaireBlvd.HoustonTX77083Visitdatguitar.comoreventbrite.comformoreinformation.FriendsofDatNguyenisagroupofstaunchfansaroundtheUSAconsistingmostlyofprofessionalsofallethnicitiesandfromallwalksoflife.PleasecallJohnNguyenat713.385.6166withanyadditionalquestions.Histalenthasendearedhimtolegionsodevotedansmanyowhomhavebecomehisextendedamilythatspanfvecontinents.byTHUYTRANMusicianDatNguyenSeptember20134YellowMagazine