Experimental music pushes boundaries in Hanoi

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Vietnamese and international musicians will perform at a concert in Hanoi on October 26 to promote boundary-pushing experimental music and video art.

"Musick to Play in the Dark," named after an album by English experimental music group Coil, is organized by The Onion Cellar, a Vietnam-based independent arts project that promotes alternative culture and introduces lesser-known artists.

Performers at the concert include Black Zenith, the duo of Darren Moore and Brian O'Reilly, two college lecturers in Singapore and members of Singaporean free jazz and avant-garde circles.

They will be joined by Vu Nhat Tan, who has been leading the local experimental music scene for several years with various live appearances and releases.

His recent works include "The Song of Napalm and Cracking Bamboo" composed for and performed at the 2012 Los Angeles International New Music Festival, using Western and traditional Vietnamese musical instruments; as well as "Hanoi, Hanoi and Hanoi" for the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will start 7:30 p.m. at Hanoi Rock City, 27/52 To Ngoc Van Street, Tay Ho District. Tickets are sold at the door for VND100,000 (US$9.60) apiece.

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