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Belgian trio plays jazz with Vietnamese t’rưng

Update: March, 15/2017 - 09:00
Jazz in blazers: Belgian trio The Poets’ Soul will perform in Hà Nội and HCM City on March 19 and 21. File Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — A jazz concert by Belgian trio The Poets’ Souls featuring Vietnamese guest Hoa Đăng will be held in Hà Nội and HCM City on March 19 and 21.

The concert will feature jazz pieces by French composers Jacque Brels, Léo Ferre and Geogres Brassens performed by leading jazz  musicians Pierre Vaiana on the soprano saxophone, Fabien Degryse on the acoustic guitar and Jean-Louis Rassinfosse on the double bass.

Since 1992, the trio has explored the French chanson standards to deliver instrumental versions full of emotion, creativity and humour. In five albums, they have infused the colours of the French song into the jazz world, giving numerous concerts in Belgium and around the globe.

At the concerts, audiences will have the chance to enjoy jazz fusion performances by the trio and a Vietnamese player of traditional t’rưng music instrument, Hoa Đăng.

T’rưng is made of short bamboo tubes, differing in size, with a notch at one end a beveled edge at the other. The tubes are arranged lengthwise horizontally and are attached together by two strings.

"It is difficult to perform jazz on the t’rưng," said musician Hoa Đăng. "Jazz is improvisational, with a fusion rhythm and a performance style that is rare for Vietnamese traditional instrumentalists. It requires players to be creative."

"I’m a little nervous and worried about the performance, because the artists are masters of jazz. We have listened to music files by one another, but we don’t have much time to rehearse," said Hoa Đăng.

Hoa Đăng had a chance to perform with saxophonist Vaiana at the European Music Festival in 2014. That was the first time she played jazz.

Đăng is a veteran traditional musician, however. She gained the title Doctor of Musical Arts in world music at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and has won prizes at national and international music competitions.

She is also member of the World Cimbalom Association and One Asia Orchestra, and the deputy head of Việt Nam National Academy of Music’s Department of Traditional Music.

The concert will begin at 8pm at Việt Nam National Academy of Music’s Grand Hall, 77 Hào Nam Street in Hà Nội, and HCM Conservatory of Music at 112 Nguyễn Du Street, District 1. — VNS


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