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Danish music band to perform at Huế Festival

Update: April, 27/2016 - 09:00
Singer-producer Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild and singer-guitarist Kristian Finne Kristensen of Denmark will perform at Huế Festival on May 2 & 3. Photo Simon Birk
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – A music band from Denmark will attend the Huế Festival – the largest biennial festival in Việt Nam.  

The band will perform on the Tây Thái Hòa and Cung An Định stages on May 2 and 3, respectively.

Called Cancer, the band is a duo comprising singer-producer Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild and singer-guitarist Kristian Finne Kristensen. The band is named in memory of Vonsild’s father.

The two songwriters, who are friends, have been working on creating a new and unique “musical universe” for several years. 

Vonsild, who is also a member of the band When Saints Go Machine that plays electronic music, is known for his characteristic, beautiful and soulful vocals. Kristensen, whose goes by the moniker Chorus Grant, is known for his warm vocals and the analogue sound from the guitar, the bass and the drums.

With Cancer both musicians have shown another side to their talent.

Cancer played its first concert at the prestigious Danish film festival Copenhagen DOX in November 2012 and has since played only at a handful of carefully selected shows -- each time leaving the excited audience completely breathless.

The band released their mini album titled Ragazzi in 2014, which comprises radical and beautiful ballads on the future, oozing a restless calm, an out-of-this-world melody and cutting through a gamut of emotions with its deeply melancholic undercurrent.

The two musicians are looking forward to performing in Việt Nam.

“We’ve never been to Việt Nam before and are really excited about coming,” they said.

“We actually don’t know a whole lot about the Huế Festival, but after reading about it we are really happy to be part of it and hope to be able to give something back.”

Their performance is being supported by the Danish embassy in Việt Nam, which has promoted the development of art and culture in the country over the last 10 years.

I hope the Vietnamese audience will enjoy the soulful music of the Danish Cancer band in this poetic and historic citadel of Huế,” the embassy’s cultural counsellor, Ane Kirsten Andersen, said.

Huế Festival 2016 is the largest international cultural festival, with art troupes and artists from all over Việt Nam and seven other countries participating in the event.

The festival will kick off on April 29 and last for six days, with a wide range of shows and community events. -- VNS


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