Annual EU music festival to return to Vietnam

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The German jazz group Thärichens Tentett will open the annual European Music Festival in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in the coming weeks.

The concert aims to celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations between the EU and Vietnam with a unique performance at the Hanoi Opera House on November 26.

As one of the hottest German jazz discoveries in recent years, Thärichens Tentett, the ten-piece band was founded in 1999 by the song writer and pianist Nicolai Tentett and the singer Michael Schiefel, in Berlin.

Growing up in a musical family, Tentett discovered his passion for jazz music early in his life. His namesake band is notable for its unique style of jazz in which pop meets chamber music influenced by big band swing and spiced with the gentle, androgynous voice of singer Michael Schiefel.

The next act in the festival will be a performance by Spanish pop singer El Guincho. The performances will be held at the Hanoi Youth Theater on November 27 and the HCMC Opera House on November 28.

El Guincho is the recording alias of Spanish musician Pablo Díaz-Reixa. Also a member of Coconot, Díaz-Reixa rose to prominence with his 2008 album, Alegranza!.

His musical style, influenced by a broad range of artists like Animal Collective and Os Mutantes, relies heavily on the use of sampling and incorporates elements of Afrobeat, dub, Tropicália and rock and roll. Díaz-Reixa has described the sound as a kind of "space-age exotica".

The festival will conclude, on December 4 with a classical show.  Z.b.+, a duo from Austria, will perform in the show that will also feature the Yuri Honing Trio from the Netherlands, Belgium's Jazz Fabien Degryse Trio, and pianist Hinrich Alpers from Germany.

Free tickets can be collected starting on 22 Nov 2010 at Hanoi's Goethe Institute, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, HCMC-based Goethe Institute: 18, Str.1, Do Thanh, Ward 4, Dist. 3.

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