HÀ NỘI — The European Music Festival returns to Hà Nội and HCM City featuring international and Vietnamese musicians from November 18 to 30.
The musicians are from Wallonie Bruxelles; Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, France and Vietnamese who will bring different genres to the festival.
From Wallonie Bruxeles, Atome will open the festival at the Việt Nam Youth Theatre on November 18. Established in 2016 Atome is a French-singing electro-pop band with five members.
Musicians Coline Waters and Remy Lobbos will perform to open the European Music Festival in Hà Nội on November 18. — Photo eumusicfest.vn
Only singer and keyboard player Coline Waters and guitarist and vocal Remy Lobbos will perform at the concert in Hà Nội.
Hungarian band Terek Jozsef and His Friends will bring and introduce 'tarogato' to local audiences, which is a woodwind instrument normally used in Hungarian folk music, in HCM City on November 19 and in Hà Nội on November 20.
On November 21, a show in Hà Nội by Italian group Mezzotono will feature the five members performing without any musical instruments.
Instead, they will use their voices to imitate the sound of instruments and use a comical approach to encourage the audience to get involved.
Mezzotono will play jazz; pop; bossa nova, mambo, tango, folklore, big band style and classical music, it is possible to do everything with just the voice.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Nani from the Netherlands will perform jazz in shows in HCM City and in Hà Nội on November 21 and 23.
She recently won the SENA Performers Award 2019 NL and the ACE Premiere Award 2019 UK.
Austrian pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits will bring her her fresh style to Ha Noi on November 21 and HCM City on November 24.
On November 27 and 29, German band Ensemble Phoenix Munich will be led by art director Joel Frederiksen.
Six instrumentalists will be accompanied by soprano Julla von Landsberg. The shows including 17 pieces among them works of Schütz and Monteverdi will take place in HCM on November 27 and in Hà Nội on November 29.
The festival will close with a performance by French and Vietnamese musicians. Entitled Lettres De Hanoi (Letters from Hà Nội), the multimedia concert will feature the latest pieces composed by Lương Huệ Trinh and Jean-David Caillouët.
"The concert is inspired by the book entitled Lettres De Hanoi which is translated into Vietnamese," said Trinh. "Actually it is the two long letters by French writer Jean Tardieu when he did his military service in Việt Nam in 1927-1928.
"I have followed the music festival when I was a student at Việt Nam National Academy of Music. This is the first time I perform at the festival at the invitation of the French Cultural Centre's former director Emmanuel Labrande."
Artists Nguyễn Xuân Sơn, Nguyễn Minh Tâm, Pablo Tognan and Đoàn Thanh Bình will also perform.
The shows will be held at Việt Nam Youth Theatre, 11 Ngô Thì Nhậm Street from November 18 to 30 and at HCM Conservatory of Music, 112 Nguyễn Du Street from November 19 to 28. Free tickets can be registered for at website eumusicfest.vn. — VNS