French band concerts with Vietnamese artists for Hanoi show

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Mezcal Jazz Unit (France) will integrate traditional Vietnamese music with European jazz in a concert to be held in Hanoi late this month

French jazz band Mezcal Jazz Unit will return to Vietnam late this month for "The Reunion" concert, which will combine traditional music from France and Vietnam.

Their collaborative project will be presented on November 27 at the French Cultural Center in Hanoi, thethaovanhoa newspaper reported Sunday.

Mezcal Jazz Unit will first arrive in Ho Chi Minh City this week to work with local artists including Tran Manh Tuan (saxophone), Nguyen Thu Thuy (Ä‘àn nhị - two-stringed bowed instrument), Nguyen Thi Hai Phuong (Ä‘àn tranh zither) and Anh Tan (Ä‘àn bầu - single-stringed instrument.)

The band posted on its website that the objective of this new musical endeavor is to further advance the musical exchange between Vietnam and France, which was established with the "Tìm Gió" project, which the band brought to Vietnam in 2005.

The latest project focuses on vocal genres still thriving in Vietnam, but which have become less common in France or disappeared altogether. It also emphasizes dialogue between traditional Vietnamese and Western instruments.

Participating Vietnamese musician Manh Tuan called the collaborative effort a truly new and amazing artistic adventure for the artists from both countries, one which highlights the harmonic combination between European jazz and Vietnamese traditional music.

Emmanuel de Gouvello, a member of the French band, said Mezcal Jazz Unit draws from musical genres hailing from Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Founded in 1986 in southern France, Mezcal Jazz Unit includes de Gouvello (guitar bass, composer), Christophe Azema (saxophone), Jean Marie Frédéric (guitar) and Vivian Péres (drums).

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