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Jazz band to feature sounds of the didgeridoo

Update: February, 17/2012 - 10:28

 

Crossing boundaries: Michael Cuming, one of Australia's finest composers and didgeridoo players will lead the band Vision of a Nomad to perform next week in Ha Noi. — File Photo
HA NOI — Jazz band Visions of a Nomad will offer free performances with a didgeridoo, a wind instrument made by Indigenous Australians, to young audiences in the capital.

The band, lead by Michael Cuming, one of Australia's finest composers and didgeridoo players, will perform a repertoire based on a message of courage and the desire to cross boundaries in every possible way.

Cuming formed the band in 1990 searching to fuse old and new traditions into a new genre. He pioneered the use of the didgeridoo in combination with classical, jazz and world music influences.

Visions of a Nomad's performances are both evocative and energetic.

They make music with a cohesion of art and music accessible to the masses, covering all genres and drawing on all of the world's musical influences. The band has appeared at many concerts including the Cultural Olympiad Greece, the Ireland Theatre Tour and Canal City Fukuoka Japan.

The Hanoian performances will take place at the Foreign Trade University and the University of Commerce at 3.30pm next Thursday and Friday, respectively.

The shows will be held by the Australian Embassy on the occasion of a Week of Culture and Education from February 17-25.

The week will include free film screenings and a friendship football tournament. The screenings will be held on February 20, 21 and 24 at the University of Water Resources, the University of Pharmaceutics and the University of Commerce.

The film entitled Bran Nue Dae highlights Australia's indigenous culture, tradition and humour. Released in 2010, the film has won numerous awards, including the Melbourne International Film Festival Award and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

The film features several of Australia's most popular stars, including Missy Higgins, one of Australia's best known musicians, Geoffrey Rush, winner of the Oscar for Best Actor, and Magda Szubanski, one of Australia's most loved and celebrated comic actors.

The friendship football tournament will be played at the Ha Noi Security Academy between the Australian Embassy and the Viet Nam Ministry or Public Security (MPS) today. The tournament will feature teams from the MPS, the Australian Embassy and Victoria Police who are currently on a "good will" tour of Viet Nam.

On Saturday, the Australian Embassy will visit the Birla Children's Village, one of Ha Noi's orphanages, to donate sporting equipment. This event will also celebrate a fund-raising effort by the embassy to provide Birla with a synthetic football pitch that will replace the existing dirt surface, providing a safer and more enjoyable all-weather facility for the children.

During the week, Australian experts will help Vietnamese students study English effectively. The week will be a chance for former Vietnamese students in Australia to gather and share experiences. — VNS

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