|Reach out: A concert named Chạm (Touch) by the young musician Hoàng Thu Trang will bring French audiences a glimpse of Vietnamese music and culture.|
This is one of a series of art activities organised in the framework of AuxCoeurx du Việt Nam (To the Hearts of Việt
Aux Coeurs du Việt Nam is organised by Việt Nam Loire Atlantique Friendship Association and the Association of Vietnamese Students in
An exhibition featuring the costumes of the 54 different ethnic groups in Việt
The concert Chạm (Touch) will bring the audience to Việt
“I combine traditional Vietnamese music with modern melodies, accompanied by images and light in order to bring the best experience to audience. There have been many difficulties as most participants are non-professionals and many in the team do not speak Vietnamese fluently but must perform in Vietnamese. We have been practising for three months to mount an hour on stage. Music will make us overcome all the geographic and language barriers and bring us close together,” Trang said.
|Independent: The concert is organised with the participation of nearly 80 non professionals living in France. Hoàng Thu Trang (right, sitting) is the art director of the concert. — Photo courtesy of Association of Vietnamese Students in Nantes city|
In this concert, Trang will debut her latest song – Hà Nội Của Em, Hà Nội Của Anh (Your Hà Nội, My Hà Nội).
Mái Đình Làng Biển (Communal House of a
Cheerful, festive melodies depicting the traditional Tết of Vietnamese people with the signature items of peach blossom flower and bánh chưng (square sticky rice cake) will also be featured.
The beautiful and poetic images of the capital of Hà Nội with Hoàn Kiếm lake, the flower season, the street covered with golden leaves and small alleys are illustrated in the two songs Hà Nội 12 Mùa Hoa (Hà Nội, 12 Flower Seasons) and Hà Nội Của Em, Hà Nội Của Anh (Your Hà Nội, My Hà Nội).
The concert also introduces the audience to the unique features of Vietnamese music such as the flute or ca trù (ceremonial singing).
Nearly 80 non-professional artists prepared for the concert. They include Musique Rendez-Vous music band, comprised of Vietnamese students in France, and NEST VIỆT orchestra, whose 40 members are Vietnamese mothers and their children growing up in
Vũ Tuyết Chinh in
Hoàng Thu Trang, who started composing at the age of 12 and graduated from Hà Nội Conservatory of Music, is currently living in