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Latin-American music program held in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 12:59 am

German electronic music to charm local music lovers

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 7:21 am

Int’l music talents perform in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:59 am

Conductor Seikyo Kim and violist Rina Matsuda, both very famous in Japan, are highly expected in Hanoi for their joint performances with the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra at the most deluxe Opera House on July 17-18.

                          Violist Rina Matsuda

Violist Rina Matsuda is to perform the Violin Concerto composed by P. I. Tchaikovsky of Russia, a favourite work of all leading violists in the world. She will also perform Symphony No. 3 by Austrian composer Anton Bruckne.


Rina Matsuda was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1985, and began violin classes at 3 years old.


She graduated from solo training courses at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and has continued higher education at the Nuerneberg Conservatoire, Germany, where she has received a certificate for performance granted by the German Government.


The Japanese violist has won a number of prestigious prizes both domestically and internationally.


Conductor Seikyo Kim was born in Osaka, Japan, and began playing piano at the age of three and violin at seven. He moved to the US at 14 and later on to Europe for education. The Japanese talent won the first prize at a contest for international young conductors in Lisbon, Spain, in July, 1996. His career saw a turning point in May, 1998 when he won the famous Nicolai Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Source: SGGP

Visitors can enjoy live shamisen music at Fukuoka cultural event

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

Visitors can listen to live shamisen music played by two young girls at a four day-long cultural event introducing the culture of southern Japan in Hanoi from August 10-13.

The traditional Japanese tea ceremony will be performed at the Fukuoka cltural event 

The Hanoi People’s Committee will cooperate with Fukuoka prefecture of Japan to organize Fukuoka Cultural Days at the Daewoo Hotel in Hanoi, which aims to introduce the culture of southern Japan to the Vietnamese people and celebrate the forthcoming 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.


Various activities will take place during the event, including exhibitions, cultural exchanges, fashion shows, , the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, origami (paper folding), and music and dance performances.


Two girls from Yame, a Japanese city famous for its green tea, will play the shamisen, a traditional Japanese musical instrument that dates back to the 16th century dressed in traditional Japanese kimonos.


Young residents can take part in the exciting sosaku dance with 32 high schoolgirls, who have won first prize in cultural events in Japan. Anyone who loves manga comic strips has the chance to have famous artists Shiitake and Tao draw their portraits right before their eyes.


A Fukuoka-style collection will take the stage August 13, for Vietnamese fashion lovers. In addition, people can try on the yukata, a Japanese summer kimono worn by both men and women.


Gourmets will have chance to taste good fruits and cakes of Fukuoka, especially Taiyaki, a Japanese fish-shaped cake.


Japan’s most famous modern flower arranger, Shogo Kariyazaki, will create artistic works from Vietnamese flowers in the display corner of the event.
Entrance is gratis.

Source: SGGP

Restoring and preserving Southern amateur music

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

Don ca tai tu Nam bo (Southern amateur music) has fallen into the realm of cultural oblivion. We should restore and preserve this valuable cultural heritage soon,” said Vietnamese-American Professor Nguyen Thuyet Phong.

Vietnamese-American Professor Nguyen Thuyet Phong is on a visit to the Highlands region to study ethnic groups’ traditional music instruments. (Photo: Sggp)

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 up a file on southern music for submission to UNESCO, in order for it to be recognized as an intangible part of Vietnamese cultural heritage.


“Southern amateur music cannot be found on modern stages or in cultural and tourism festivals. The musical art form, an ancient genre of chamber music, is usually performed on ‘plank beds’ in living rooms in southern traditional houses,” he added.


“Therefore we must pay more careful attention to seek artisans who have great skill in playing this folk music,” the professor said.


Age is not a necessary factor for recognizing folk music as an intangible aspect of cultural heritage. Although it was born 100 years ago and is a younger art form than Ca tru (Vietnamese ceremonial/festival songs) and Hue royal music, Southern amateur music is an amalgamation of Vietnamese traditional music from the North, Central and South, he explained.


The International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) will be held in Hanoi and the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh from July 19 to 29, with the participation of more than 30 countries from around the world.

“It is a good chance for us to promote Vietnamese traditional music to the world and gain experience in restoring and preserving folk music from foreign countries,” Mr. Phong said.

ICTM is a non-governmental organization and an official associate organization of UNESCO. The Global ICTM conference, held every odd year; this is the first time Vietnam will host the event.

The conference will discuss two major musical topics: the music of ethnic minority groups and applied folk musicology with a focus on the role of music in maintaining the ethnic minority community, as well as the preservation of performing arts and the role of performing arts in dialogues, support and education.

Source: SGGP

Int’l music talents perform in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:20 am

Conductor Seikyo Kim and violist Rina Matsuda, both very famous in Japan, are highly expected in Hanoi for their joint performances with the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra at the most deluxe Opera House on July 17-18.

                          Violist Rina Matsuda

Violist Rina Matsuda is to perform the Violin Concerto composed by P. I. Tchaikovsky of Russia, a favourite work of all leading violists in the world. She will also perform Symphony No. 3 by Austrian composer Anton Bruckne.


Rina Matsuda was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1985, and began violin classes at 3 years old.


She graduated from solo training courses at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and has continued higher education at the Nuerneberg Conservatoire, Germany, where she has received a certificate for performance granted by the German Government.


The Japanese violist has won a number of prestigious prizes both domestically and internationally.


Conductor Seikyo Kim was born in Osaka, Japan, and began playing piano at the age of three and violin at seven. He moved to the US at 14 and later on to Europe for education. The Japanese talent won the first prize at a contest for international young conductors in Lisbon, Spain, in July, 1996. His career saw a turning point in May, 1998 when he won the famous Nicolai Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Source: SGGP

Prof. Tran Quang Hai donates research to National Music Institute

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Music professor Tran Quang Hai handed over the entirety of his research work on Vietnamese traditional music to the National Music Institute on July 16.

Professor Tran Quang Hai (L) gives his music research work to a representative of the National Music Institute (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

The talented Vietnamese-French renowned musician has collected numerous compact discs and books of great value over the past 40 years.
 
Born in 1944, the professor comes from a family of five generations of musicians. He studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Saigon before going to France in 1961, where he studied the theory and practice of Oriental music with his father, Dr. Tran Van Khe, at the Center of Studies for Oriental Music in Paris. 
 
Hai can plays more than 15 musical instruments from Vietnam, China, India, Iran, Indonesia and Europe.


Since 1966, he has performed over 2,500 concerts in 50 countries, and has taken part in over a hundred international traditional music festivals.


The music master also has delivered over 3,000 talks on Vietnamese music in 65 countries and taught Asian music at 120 universities around the world.


Hai’s music spans several genres including contemporary, electro-acoustical, improvisational, film scores, but he continues to preserve and develop traditional Vietnamese music.


He has obtained more than 20 prizes and international awards such as a Gold Medal for music from the Asian Cultural Academy, the Cristal Medal of the National Center for Scientific Research (France, 1996); he has received honorary doctorates from the International University Foundation (USA) and the Albert Einstein International Academy (USA), and others.


French President Jacques Chirac made Hai a Knight in France’s legendary Legion of Honor in June 2002.

Source: SGGP

Fine arts and music program to raise money for AO child victims

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

A fine arts and music program for Agent Orange child victims featuring French and Vietnamese artists will take place at the Art House, 31A Van Mieu in Hanoi, on May 7.

                         Painter Tran Nhat Thang

Group of artists performing on the stage include French jazz guitarist Marc Behin and percussionist Veronique Carlier from Paris; Vietnamese French guitarist and singer Ho Hai Quang from the Reunion Island.

Marc Behin is the founder of the Jazz Bond Association, Paris, a non-governmental organization that provides musical training and workshops for children in France and Viet Nam. Veronique Carlier is a member of the Jazz Bond Association.

Ho Hai Quang is the president of Orange-Dioxine Association La Reunion, a non-governmental musical organization that helps Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange.

Vietnamese artists including abstract painter Tran Nhat Thang, sculptor Bui Thi Thanh Hang, oil painter Le Thi Minh Tam and body painter Phuong Vu Manh will also participate in the event.

As a special treatment, AO children victims also join in the art show.

All of the proceeds from the sales of the paintings will be donated to the Agent Orange Victims’ Fund, in order to give musical and artistic training courses to the children.

The show aims to calm the sufferings of AO children victims and mark the Dien Bien Phu Victory on May 7.

Source: SGGP

Music ambassador of “Conciliation and Love”

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

In his first trip to Vietnam, the talented conductor of the Boston Landmark symphony orchestra, Charles Ansbacher, is very eager for his first concert at the Hanoi Opera House on April 22.


Ansbacher is the founder and conductor of the Boston Landmarks symphony orchestra. He has been in Vietnam for a week to prepare for the “Conciliation and Love” concert in Hanoi on April 22-23, at the invitation of VietNamNet newspaper.


Upon arrival, Ansbacher began practicing almost immediately with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. Apart from two rehearsals, he has worked with Vietnamese artists for rigorous three days, from 8.45-11.30am to 2-4.30pm. After only three practice classes, Vietnamese artists praised Ansbacher’s brilliance.


“Our orchestra has worked with many foreign conductors. This is the first time we cooperate with Charles Ansbacher but I see that he has a very nice style. I strongly believe that the upcoming concert will be very successful. We feel many new things from the music works that we will play this time when we work with Ansbacher,” said Nguyen Tien Phuc, the chief of the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.


The American conductor was also pleased to work with Vietnamese artists. “We are easy to work together. We have only one week to practice and perform together. We play famous music works and a new one. I’ve worked with many orchestras in the world. Vietnamese instrumentalists are very serious and carefully prepare for practices so I’m very pleased to work with them”.


Ansbacher has chosen special music works for VietNamNet’s “Conciliation and Love” concert. Besides music by Rossini, Faure, the focus of this concert will be the Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” or “New World Symphony” by Antonin Leopold Dvorak.


Talking with VietNamNet reporter on April 20, the American conductor said that it is an honor to be invited to Vietnam this time.


“I’m very eager to come to Vietnam because my son went to Vietnam last year and he told me that the trip was wonderful. It is regrettable that my trip is short. I hope to have a chance to return to Vietnam to feel your country’s beauty like my son,” he said.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi to be filled with Trinh’s music

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 at 4:09 am




Hanoi to be filled with Trinh’s music


QĐND – Saturday, March 27, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

A week of festivities commemorating the late musician, Trinh Cong Son, will take place in Hanoi through a series of musical programmes. 


The first programme, entitled “I am listening to” will be by singer cum journalist Khoi Minh at ON Café (37 Tran Binh Trong Street) on March 30th.


Commemorating his 9th death anniversary, on April 1st, Kien Café at #143 Nghi Tam street will host a programme, titled “Journalists Sing Trinh’s Compositions”. The audiencewill have a chance to have an exchange with musical researchers and listen to poems about the musician Trinh.


On the same day, members of the Musician Trinh Box under the Online Vietnam Heart forum will have an offline show at Bee Tea-room at #2B Pham Ngoc Thach street. The show “Do you remember” will be performed by the voices of Nguyet Ca, Tri Trung, and Hoang Lan, who are well-known among Trinh’s music loving Hnaoi community, along with invited guest, Khoi Minh.


Non-professional voices accompanied by guitar will also take part in another commemoration show, titled “Echo” at 1113 De La Thanh Street on the 1st of April.


Trinh’s Compositions Café at 359 Nguyen Khang street and Trinh’s Music Café on Trung Kinh street will also have shows commemorating the illustrious Trinh.


On April 2nd, the FPT Group will host the Love each other! show by engineer Nguyen Huu Thai Hoa at their headquarters in Pham Hung Street.  Nguyen Huu Thai Hoa issued several albums of Trinh’s compositions. The engineer plans to make another show on boats along Yen stream leading to Huong Pagoda.


Source: TP


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND