Belgian saxophonist Pierre Vaiana and Ivorian balafonist Aly Keita will give a free jazz concert in Hanoi on November 22 and in Ho Chi Minh City on November 24.
Since the two famous soloists met in Niger in 1987, they have engaged in a musical dialogue that transcended the barriers of style and culture.
Vaiana began playing the saxophone at age 15. He studied music at the Liège conservatory before obtaining a scholarship from Long Island University of New York where he graduated with a bachelor in Fine Arts in 1990.
In 2009, Vaiana received the Belgian Django d'Or award in the category “confirmed musician.”
Keita is renowned for bringing the millennium-old balafon instrument into a modern musical context.
His instrumental brilliance brought him several opportunities to collaborate with jazz and world music legends such as Trilok Gurtu and Joe Zawinul. His 2008 record, entitled Akwaba Inisene, made Europe's Top 20 World Music Chart.
Vaiana and Keita will perform with Vietnamese T’rung virtuoso Hoa Dang in Hanoi and HCMC.
T’rung is a traditional musical instrument made of bamboo played by the Jarai and Bahnar ethnic groups in Vietnam's Central Highlands.
As part of the European Music Festival 2014 in Vietnam, the concert will begin 8 p.m.. on Saturday, November 22 at the Youth Theater, 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street, Hanoi.
In Ho Chi Minh City, the performance will take place at 8 p.m. on Monday, November 24 at the HCMC Conservatory of Music, 112 Nguyen Du Street, District 1.
| Tickets are available for free starting on November 19 at the following addresses:
* The Wallonia-Brussels Delegation, Daeha Centre, 5th floor, 360 Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh District. Tel: (04) 3831 5241
* The Goethe Institute: 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District. Tel: (04) 3734 2251/52
* L’Espace: 24 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District. Tel: (04) 3936 2164
HO CHI MINH CITY
The Goethe Institute: 18 Street No.1, Do Thanh Neighborhood, Ward 4, District 3. Tel: (08) 3600 9587