Tuesday, March 31 2020


First contemporary concert by Indonesian and Vietnamese musicians

Update: September, 06/2019 - 16:19
Indonesian musicians took a photo with Indonesian ambassador Ibnu Hadi (third right, first row) and Goethe Institute Director Wilfried Eckstein (fourth right, first row) at the rehearsal on September 5. — VNS Photo Nguyễn Bình

HÀ NỘI — Music pieces by Indonesian young composers will be introduced for the first time in Nội at a concert tonight.

A contemporary music troupe from Indonesia’s Yogyakarta ancient city will perform at Việt Nam National Academy of Music (VNAM) on Friday.

It includes eight musicians appearing under a music exchange project. The project is funded by Goethe Institute in Nội.

The concert will feature pieces by popular composers such as Tony Maryana; Royke Bobby Koapaha; Gatot Danar Sulistyanto and the troupe conductor Aldy Maulana.

As recording artist, composer, percussionist and musicologist, Maryana is seen as the most popular electronic musician in Indonesia.

His piece Third Period for Soprano and Electronic will be performed at the concert by Ika Wahyuningsih.

“It is amazing combination between vocal and electronic music,” said musician Phạm Trường Sơn, head of Hanoi New Music Ensemble which is also the project participant.

Conductor Maulana will debut his two pieces The Ritual of Tarawangsa and Quartet No2 which he inspires from Indonesian traditional culture.

The Ritual of Tarawangsa is performed by guitar soloist Jardika Eka Tirtana and the quartet will be played by violinist Ega Putra; clarinet Alvian Agus; cellist Neam Hidayat and Tirtana.

The highlight of the concert will be Sulistyanto’s Pidato Munyuk (Speeches of Monkeys) for solo piano.

“It is about environment issues like natural resources or ‘zero waste’,” said pianist Yuti Lauda. “The piece is a bit of humorous and I hope audience will enjoy it.”

The musicians from the two troupes will play Khúc H’rê by Vietnamese artist Hoàng Dương.

The late composer is a cellist and was one of the first lecturers at Violoncello and String Department at VNAM.

"We have connection in music which is the universal language," said the Indonesian troupe head, cellist Asep Hidayat. "We want to play new pieces by new composers who are alive in our millennium."

Established in 2017 by Hidayat, the troupe members are almost all master students. The troupe performs both classical and traditional music. 

Under the project, Hanoi New Music Ensemble played in Yogyakarta in July. 

The concert will begin at 8pm with free entrance at 77 Hào Nam Street. — VNS


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