Celebrated Serbian jazz pianist to perform in Vietnam

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World renowned Serbian jazz pianist Bojan Z will be giving solo performances in Vietnam on February 26 in Hanoi and one day later in Ho Chi Minh City.

Bojan Z, whose full name is Bojan Zulfikarpasic will be appearing at 8 p.m. at the French cultural center located 24 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi and at the same time at the Institute for Culture Exchange with France (IDECAF) at 1 Thai Van Lung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Born in 1968 in Belgrade, Bojan Z started playing piano at the age of five, and as a teenager, he started playing in Belgrade jazz bands, where he was named the Best Young Jazz Musician of Yugoslavia in 1989.

He often plays an acoustic piano with a Fender Rhodes electric piano simultaneously and recently claimed to have invented the "Xenophone," a hybrid instrument based on a customized Fender Rhodes.

In 2002 the jazz musician was granted the title of "Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government and received the Django Reinhardt Prize for Musician of the Year from the French Académie du Jazz (Jazz Academy), and in 2005 he was awarded the European Jazz Prize as the Best European Jazz Musician.

Tickets for his upcoming HCMC show are being sold at IDECAF for VND100,000 (US$4.8), or VND50,000 for students.

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