Japanese guitarist and harpist to perform in HCMC, Hanoi

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"Aki & Kuniko A Guitar & Koto Duo" will perform on July 8 at the Youth Cultural Palace in Ho Chi Minh City and on July 9 and 10 in Hanoi's Vietnam National Academy of Music.

The concerts are co-organized by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam and the Consulate-General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City.

According to a press release from the organizers, since 2002, acoustic guitarist Aki and Japanese harpist Kuniko have taken their unique sounds all over Japan and around the globe, from Europe to the United States, including on the main stage of Open Strings, the world's largest acoustic music festival held in Germany.

They have released two albums, HA AKI & KUNIKO in 2003 on the German label Acoustic Music Records and Over the Top, back in 2006.

Music critics have acclaimed the "innovative musical partnership" and "original, genre defying work," the release says.

In their first-ever tour of Vietnam, the duo will perform at the Youth Cultural Palace in HCMC to participate in the "Japan Day" event, followed by two concerts in Hanoi at Vietnam National Academy of Music, 77 Hao Nam Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi.

HCMC: Free admission

The Youth Cultural Palace is located at4 Pham Ngoc Thanh Street, District 1, HCMC.

Hanoi: Free tickets can be collected from June 22, 2 pm at: The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, 27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (Tel: 04-3944-7419).

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