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Vietnamese folk music blog attracts many visitors

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:21 am

A blog of don ca tai tu (Southern amateur music) by Professor Tran Quang Hai has attracted a large number of visitors with over 330 articles, since its establishment in August.

              Professor Tran Quang Hai (Photo:Sggp)

The blog gives Vietnamese music lovers, fundamentals of don ca tai tu, cai luong (a traditional southern folk opera). Highlight information is that the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has asked the National Music Institute to build a file about southern music for submission to UNESCO. This is in order to gain recognition that this type of music is an intangible part of the Vietnamese cultural heritage.


The internet site also presents more than 100 photos and video clips of various activities about folk music.


Born in 1944, Professor Tran Quang Hai is a talented and renowned musician. His family has a history of musical talents over five generations. His father is Professor Tran Van Khe, the great master of traditional Vietnamese music.


He has studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Saigon before moving to France in 1961. While in France, he studied the theory and the practical application of Oriental music with his father.


He can play more than 15 different types of musical instruments, most are from Vietnam, China, India, Iran, Indonesia and Europe.


Professor Tran Quang Hai is also interested in musical research. He has improved the technique of spoon playing and of the Jewish harp. In 1970, he found a technique in overtone singing and is considered an expert in this field.  He has written numerous articles on Vietnamese and Asian music and composed hundreds of popular songs.

Professor Tran Quang Hai has received many prestigious international music awards.


Related article:
Promoting and preserving Southern amateur music

Source: SGGP

International seminar on amateur music to be held in city

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:19 am

An international seminar on don ca tai tu (southern amateur music) and its impromptu harmony will be held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 9-11, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

A performance of don ca tai tu (Photo:KK)

The event is part of the project on southern music submitted to UNESCO for recognition as an intangible part of the Vietnamese cultural heritage.


Local traditional music researchers, administrators, musicians, don ca tai tu artisans, together with music experts from France, Germany, Cyprus, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Singapore will join the seminar.


The Ministry, the Vietnam Music Institute and Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, have jointly organized the event.

Source: SGGP

Promoting and preserving Southern amateur music

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:35 am

Professor Tran Van Khe, the great master of traditional Vietnamese music, gave a lecture on don ca tai tu Nam bo (Southern amateur music) at his home in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

Musician Vinh Bao (L) and Professor Tran Van Khe.

Don ca tai tu Nam bo is a long standing cultural tradition in the Mekong Delta region since the end of the 19th century.


The professor explained how this music is usually performed in festivals, ceremonious worships, parties, weddings and also funerals. It is traditionally played by southerners in the evening after a long working day.


Amateur musicians and singers who wish to train further and improve their skills in playing this folk music usually gather at a member’s house to play and exchange notes.


Southern amateur music cannot be found on modern day stage or in cultural and tourist festivals. This musical art form, a genre of the old chamber of music, is usually performed on ‘plank beds’ in living rooms in southern traditional homes.


The instruments used are the dan co or dan nhi, a two stringed fiddle; dan tranh or dan thap luc, a 16 string zither; dan kim or dan nguyet (also called the moon guitar) and the doc huyen cam (monochord). In present times the monochord has been replaced with a guitar.


According to Mr.Vinh Bao, another master of this traditional Vietnamese music, a special feature of Don ca tai tu is to bring together people who want to share the same emotions and to reach out to the sensibilities of the audience.


However, both the masters lamented that this art form had fallen into the realm of cultural oblivion and felt the need to restore and preserve this valuable cultural heritage.


The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has asked the National Music Institute and departments of Culture, Sport and Tourism in the South to build a file on southern music for submission to UNESCO  for recognition as an intangible part of the Vietnamese cultural heritage.

Source: SGGP

Music performance, “Spring for needy Children”, to be held in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:22 am




Music performance, “Spring for needy Children”, to be held in Hanoi


QĐND – Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)


 

The Vietnam Children Protection Fund, the Oxy Communications Joint-Stock Company and Vietnam Television, will hold a charity musical program for poor children entitled “The spring for needy children”, on Sunday evening at the Kim Ma Theatre, Hanoi.


Through the event, the Fund wants to call for more donations from individuals and organisations at home and abroad to support disadvantaged and needy children in Vietnam.


On this occasion, representatives of the Party and Government will grant 25 gifts to 25 poor and disadvantaged children in Hoa Binh, Bac Can and Quang Binh provinces. The Fund also receives VND 33 billion relief aid from 20 agencies, businesses and individuals at home and abroad.


Famous singers, Tung Duong, Khanh Linh, Minh Quan and Phuong Anh will entertain audience with many songs expressing their deep love and concern for disadvantaged children.


Source: CPV 


Translated by Van Hieu


Source: QDND

Ethnic minority contestant wins HCMC Television music contest

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:57 am

H’Zina Bya from the central highland province of Dak Lak won the first prize of  the Ho Chi Minh City Television annual singing contest entitled “TV Singing Star” ended at Hoa Binh Theater on December 1.

Doan Phuong Thao (L), H’Zina Bya and Do Xuan Son (R).

The singer received 44.29 % of the support of voters. She also got the title “Best ethnic minority contestant”.

The second and third places went to Do Xuan Son of the northern city of Hai Phong and Doan Phuong Thao from the central city of Da Nang.

Son took home two awards including “Best voice in song honoring Thang Long –Hanoi” and “Best performing style”. Meanwhile Thao was awarded the “Best voice in revolutionary traditional song” title.

Tran Thi To Ny won “Youngest contestant” and “Best voice in folk song” awards.

The “Best voice in song praising Ho Chi Minh City” belonged to Pham Trung Kien.

The organization board also gave four fourth prizes and five Encouragement Awards.


Related article:
City TV music contest becomes “strong brand”

Source: SGGP

Charity music performance to raise money for the poor

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

A charity music performance to raise money for the poor in the upcoming lunar New Year holiday (Tet) will take place at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on December 10.

        Singer My Tam will take part in the concert.

The concert is jointly organized by the Sai Gon Giai Phong (SGGP) Newspaper and Ho Chi Minh City Television.


Popular singers will include Anh Tuyet, My Tam, Quang Linh, Nguyen Phi Hung, Bonnuer Trinh, Dong Quan, cai luong actress Que Tran and actor Ly Hung.


In addition, on this occasion, the SGGP Newspaper will launch a fundraising program for the disadvantaged people so that they too can enjoy a happy Tet holiday. The organizes would like people to donate money for this worthy cause, so that we can help the poor.

Source: SGGP

European Music Festival to brings colorful concerts to Hanoi and HCM City

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:12 am

Poland’s jazz music band performs in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 9:26 am

European music festival to take place in major cities

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 6:27 am

German jazz musicians to start European Music Festival in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 5:30 am