Bao (musician)

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Bao Vo
Birth nameBao Hoang-Nhat Vo
Also known asBao, BAO
Born (1982-02-19) February 19, 1982 (age 37)
Da Lat, Vietnam
GenresPop music, R&B, funk, soul music
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, piano, keyboards, drums, percussion
Years active2002–present
LabelsMonotone Records, Omega Point Records
Associated actsMing & Ping,
Mariqueen Maandig,

Bao Vo (born February 19, 1982), also known as BAO, is a Vietnamese American[1] musician, singer-songwriter and record producer based in Los Angeles, California.[2][3] He has done extensive work with other Asian American artists like Mariqueen Maandig and the band Ming & Ping, where he was responsible for the production, concept, branding, marketing, and visual design, in addition to being a co-writer to the music itself.[1][4]


Vo was born in Da Lat, Vietnam and immigrated to the United States in 1985 with his mother and four siblings.[1][3] He attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston, TX and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.[1] He founded the band Ming & Ping in 2002[2] after dropping out of art school at San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied experimental music composition under Charles Boone and multimedia art under Sharon Grace.

Ming & Ping released their eponymous debut album in 2004[5] through the Chicago-based independent record label Omega Point Records. The group is also known for their visual art, costumes, and theatrical live performances[6] that are primarily designed and directed by Vo, whose collaboration with other artists has yielded a large portfolio of photography, illustrations, videos, and costumes that is uncommon for independent musical acts. Vo is also responsible for assembling the musical act's supporting cast for their Cantonese Opera inspired live performances[1][2] known as "The Ming & Ping Dynasty." These performances have been exhibited on tour with Freezepop and with groups such as Major Lazer, West Indian Girl, and Ultraviolet Sound.

In 2017, Vo released a five-song EP titled BAO EP under the stage name BAO.[5] In 2017, he also founded a social impact organization called Other.Us, which helped up-and-coming Asian Americans in music. In 2018, his Other.Us organization was dissolved when he joined the board of directors for The Slants Foundation, founded by musician and activist Simon Tam. His musical influences include Prince, New Order, and Giorgio Moroder.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Maerz, Jennifer. "Pop Operas", SF Weekly. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Nichols, Chris (April 2014). "My Favorite Year". Los Angeles Magazine, p.137.
  3. ^ a b Do, Ahn. "On anniversary, Vietnamese Americans reflect on their journeys", Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Nichols, Chris. “Downtown: And Now a Few Words From The…New Kids on the Block” Archived April 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Los Angeles Magazine
  5. ^ a b "Biography". Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Ming & Ping Dynasty, Kissing Tigers, Kid Static and NVR-NDR Play Pasadena", "LA Weekly"

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