Australia's Elixir Trio to perform in Vietnam

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Australia's popular Elixir Trio will give free concerts in Hanoi from May 16-17 and Da Nang on May 19

Australia's award winning Elixir Trio will take the stage in Hanoi and Da Nang next week as part of a program celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia.

Elixir is comprised of multi-platinum songstress Katie Noonan, acclaimed saxophonist Zac Hurren and highly-regarded jazz guitarist Stephen Magnusson.

Noonan's technical mastery and pure vocals make her one of Australia's most versatile and beloved singers.

Melbourne-based Stephen Magnusson, regarded by many as Australia's finest jazz guitarist, won the Swiss Diagonal Arts Grant and the Pop Kredit award in 1999, and has been nominated for the Freedman Fellowship (twice) and the Melbourne Prize.

Zac Hurren, who won the National Jazz Award in 2009, is a truly unique and distinctly Australian saxophonist, composer and improviser.

Elixir's self-titled first album became a top 20 bestseller upon its release in 2003, and their long-awaited second album, "First Seed Ripening," debuted at number one on the ARIA Jazz charts, then went on to win the 2011 ARIA Award (Jazz category).

The Trio's concerts in Vietnam will be held at 8 p.m. at the VOV Theater, 58 Quan Su Street, in Hanoi on May 16-17 and at 7:30 p.m. at the Trung Vuong Theatre, 118 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, in Da Nang on May 19.

Admission to the concerts is free. Tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis at VOV office, 45 Ba Trieu Street; the Australian Embassy, 8 Dao Tan Street, Ba Dinh District (tel: 04. 3 774  0100); and at the Trung Vuong Theater office, 35A Phan Chau Trinh Street, Da Nang.

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