On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the Embassy of Italy in Hanoi presented Italian artist Andrea Centazzo's Multimedia Concerts in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
The shows commemorated the places and people involved in the historical expedition of 1000 volunteers led by General Giuseppe Garibaldi who, starting from Northern Italy and fighting in Southern Italy, contributed in a decisive way to the unification of Italy in 1861, 150 years ago.
Andrea Centazzo, whose artistic career has spanned more than 40 years, plays with the interaction between images and live music, historical narration and his own emotional involvement.
Centazzo has performed in more than 2500 concerts and live performances in Europe, the United States and Asia.
He has recorded over 180 LPs and CDs and is the author of 470 compositions, eight musicology books and 45 video films and multimedia performances.
He has performed at the most prestigious international festivals as a soloist as well as directed his symphonic works and operas.
Centazzo is a pioneer in video art and contemporary percussion. In the 70s he has played with some of the greatest soloists and avant-garde composers including J. Zorn, S. Bussotti, S. Lacy, Al Curran and J. Cage.
The Italian artist has also received a number of prestigious music and video Awards, including Premio Speciale della Critica Discografica (Italia), Downbeat Poll (USA), Excellence Award of International Video Festival Tokyo (Japan), and Art Canal Award of Ministry of Culture (France).
Since 1998, Centazzo has been dedicated to the creation of multimedia shows in which he merges his music based on traditional percussion instruments with new digital media and videos running.
The latest shows were inspired by the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Buddha and Charles Darwin.
The concerts were held at HCMC's Music Conservatory on Sep 13 and at Hanoi's Labor Theater on Sep 15.