U-80 songwriters join divo Tùng Dương for June liveshow

Update: May, 10/2018 - 09:00
On song: From L-R: Songwritters Dương Thụ, Trần Tiến, Nguyễn Cường, and Phó Đức Phương pose with divo Tùng Dương (centre) at a press conference in Hà Nội on Monday. — Photo courtesy of organiser
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Divo Tùng Dương never failed in proving his leader position in Vietnamese music industry,  as he always bring new surprise to amaze his audience.

After the success of last year’s concert Trời và Đất (Heaven and Earth), which also gathered four divas of Việt Nam, during his up-coming 10th concert, the divo has invited four noted veteran songwriters to join him.

Dương, who told Việt Nam News in an interview that his only pressure “is to offer my audience something new whenever I am on the stage”, will perform famous songs by the “Red River Quartet” including Nguyễn Cường, Trần Tiến, Dương Thụ, and Phó Đức Phương during his concerts on June 5 and 6 in Hà Nội.

The songwriters – all are the children of the Red River Delta – depict a musical portrait of the land where they were born and belong to.

“It’s impossible to remember how many times I’ve performed songs by those songwriters, who are also close friends of each other. I’m very grateful to know them, to learn a lot from them, and to be guided by them, they are like father figures to me. The up-coming concert will be my 10th,  a milestone in my career and I think it’s a suitable occasion to show my respect for them through a concert dedicate only to their compositions,” the singer said at a press conference in Hà Nội on Monday.

Dương, who also holds the record of 10 Vietnamese Devotion Music Awards, has expected that he will be able to present successfully character of each songwriter through their music.

Talking about Dương, the 75-year-old songwriter Cường, who is most famous for his songs about the Central Highlands area, said he never ever expected to meet a true friend at his age.

“The most special feature of Dương is his Vietnamese spirit which has been absorbed into his soul and through his veins. Any song he sings become very classy and heart-touching,” Cường said.

The songwriter and the singer are working together on a joint album which they hope to release at the end of this year.

Although songwriter Phương, who’s songs are inspired by folk tunes, has just listened to Dương’s music recently but he has been won over by his powerful voice.

“I was surprised when I listen to my songs that have been performed by Dương. Although those songs became hits of some other famous singers, Dương knows how to make it fresh and different from any previous versions. It proves that he not only has worked seriously but also has a great sensibility and creativeness,” the 74-year-old songwriter said.

Phương also said Dương’s success not only comes from his beautiful voice, but also from his hardwork.

Two other songwriters Tiến, 71, and Thụ, 75, also praised the singer.

While Tiến said that Dương and his up-coming live show will help him to ‘shine’ again, Thụ praised the singer as a true artist, who unites both the diversity and uniqueness.

Alongside the “Red River Quartet”, Dương also has invited two other special guests to share the stage with him – singer Bằng Kiều and diva Hà Trần.

The live show Tùng Dương Sings Songs by Red River Quartet will take place at the Hà Nội’s Friendship Palace, 91 Trần Hưng Đạo Street. — VNS