Residency programme to combine contemporary music, heritage

February 27, 2020 - 22:16

Five emerging artists or groups of artists will have a chance to engage deeply with traditional disciplines of Vietnamese performing arts and music via a residency programme which will be started on March 1.


Multidisciplinary musicians Cao Thanh Lan and Gregor Siedl, jurors of the selection process, will have a performance at the launching ceremony of the programme. Photo courtesy of the organiser

HÀ NỘI – Five emerging artists or groups will have the chance to engage with traditional disciplines of Vietnamese performing arts and music via a residency programme which will start on March 1.

Young artists who focus on new and transdisciplinary forms of music are eligible to apply.

The artists can also collaborate with one or more artists from other disciplines such as theatre, poetry, literature, visual arts, performing arts and new media to create collaborative and cross-genre works.

The artworks should be relevant to artistic materials of the five traditional music genres, namely chầu văn (spiritiual singing), ca trù (ceremonial singing), quan họ (love duets), tuồng (classical drama) and chèo (traditional operetta).

The selected artists will have access to an in-depth database of these traditional musical and performing arts and have a chance to meet experts and artists of these genres.

The programme Shape of Music has been initiated by the independent interdisciplinary centre DomDom, with support from the British Council’s FAMLAB Fund.

During the first edition of the project, Connecting Heritage, which will run from April to October, the chosen artists will receive professional mentoring from senior artists to create and implement their new works.

“The project aims at nurturing new authors and contributing new works to the landscape of experimental and contemporary music in Việt Nam,” said Trần Thị Kim Ngọc, director of DomDom.

These new productions will be showcased at the end of the residency. They will have a chance to perform at the Hà Nội New Music Festival 2021.

Each artist/group of artists will be awarded a grant of VNĐ20 million (US$900) as a production fund for new artworks, travel costs, monthly allowances and accommodation.

The judges include musician Ngọc, musician Nguyễn Xuân Sơn (SơnX), Duo Siedl/Cao (multidisciplinary musicians Cao Thanh Lan and Gregor Siedl) and electronic musician and producer Alec Schachner.

The launch ceremony will take place at Manzi Art Space, 2 Hàng Bún Lane, Hà Nội with performances combining traditional art and contemporary music. Artists, including Trần Kim Ngọc with Hồ Nguyệt Cô Hoá Cáo (Hồ Nguyệt Cô Turns into a Fox); Cao/Siedl Duo with two musical works Osmosis and The Fifth Cardinal Direction; and SonX with the electronic music and video entitled One Face No 4, will all be on show.

Based on a tuồng plot, Ngọc reproduced a story with music performed by Hanoi New Music Ensemble, video art by Nguyễn Trinh Thi, and photographer Jamie Maxtone Graham. The work also stars famous tuồng actresses Mẫn Thị Thu and Nguyễn Thị Lộc Huyền.

Founded by Ngọc in 2012, DomDom is fully dedicated to the operation and advancement of Vietnamese experimental music and its interdisciplinary collaborations with other art forms. Applications should be sent to no later than March 22.

The centre promotes all forms of contemporary music and art practices, provides music training for young musicians to empower them in the Vietnamese experimental and contemporary scene. Through the projects, the centre also widens knowledge and experience of audiences that develops music appreciation and enhancea the participation of the public.

The FAMLAB Fund aims to support projects that engage with the music and film heritage of Việt Nam through contemporary practice, while encouraging arts and cultural practitioners. VNS

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