"Garage Concert' to mix modern and traditional music

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An open air concert featuring a combination of traditional Vietnamese music and electronic music will take place on Friday, October 19, in Hanoi.

It's the second act of the JF Garage Concert series organized by the Japan Foundation for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam.

The concert will feature of performances by DJ Tri Minh, one of the most popular electronic music solo artists in Vietnam, who will collaborate with lip lute (Ä‘àn môi) artist Duc Minh and Vietnamese zither (Ä‘àn tranh) artist Tra My, as well as DJ Sebastien Gesell.

It will begin with the sounds of the lip lute and a minority song composed by Duc Minh. This will be followed by a fusion of lip lute and electronic music.

The program will then turn to Tra My's Ä‘àn tranh performance of a famous Japanese song, Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), followed by a jam with Tri Minh. The climax will feature all three Vietnamese artists.

Another highlight will be a performance by French-Japanese DJ Gesell. Hot Japanese electronic tunes will be shuffled by Gesell in the second half of the concert.

Duc Minh is an enthusiastic composer and Ä‘àn môi researcher. He was taught to play the instrument by musician and ethnomusicologist Tran Quang Hai, son of world-renowned music professor Tran Quang Khe.

Tra My, a lecturer at the Vietnam National Academy of Music and a member of Vietnam Traditional Orchestra, is one of the leading Ä‘àn tranh artists. She has participated in several international concerts by invitation.

The upcoming concert was planned by Tri Minh who started his career as a jazz musician but later explored experimental and electronic music. He is one of the most acclaimed electronic musicians in Vietnam.

The program starts at 8 p.m. in the 200-seat courtyard of the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam at 27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District. It is due to last for two hours, without an intermission. Entrance is free.

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