Japanese instruments to make sweet music in Hanoi

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Japanese classical orchestra AUN J will perform in Hanoi December 12. Photo courtesy of Japan Foundation

Japanese classical orchestra AUN J, renowned for playing traditional instruments, will perform in Hanoi next week together with two Vietnamese artists to celebrate the ties between the two countries.

The orchestra made up of eight young members uses major traditional instruments such as the taiko (drums), shamisen (three-stringed lute), koto (13-stringed zither), shakuhachi (bamboo flute), shinobue (transverse flute), and narimono (percussion).

Formed in 2008, the award-winning ensemble has been performing at cultural and heritage sites all over Japan and in countries like France, Italy, China, Papua New Guinea, and Croatia, promoting traditional Japanese instruments as "simple and cool" and spreading the message about music having roots but no borders.

Ngo Tra My and Nguyen Thanh Thuy, who performed with the group in 2011, will again join it for the performance on December 12, playing the dan bau (Vietnamese monochord) and dan tranh (16-stringed zither) respectively.

The concert is being organized by One Asia Joint Concert Executive Committee and Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam to mark the 40th Year of ASEAN Japan Friendship and Cooperation and the Japan Vietnam Friendship Year this year.

It will start at 8 p.m. at the Youth Theater, 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street, Hai Ba Trung District.

Free tickets can be obtained at the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, 27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. The center can be reached at 04. 3944 7419.

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