JF Garage Concert returns with Hanoi Brass Band performance

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Hanoi Brass Band at Luala outdoor concert in Hanoi, before a performance on November 10, 2012

The Hanoi Brass Band will perform an open air concert featuring a combination of traditional Vietnamese music and electronic music in the capital on May 10.

"J-Music for Brass Band" will be the third act of the JF Garage Concert series organized by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam.

The band was formed in 1998 by a group of students from the Hanoi Conservatory of Music, now called the Vietnam National Academy of Music. Ten years later it was named the Hanoi Brass Band and took on board some new members.

It now consists of the band leader Kim Xuan Hieu (horn), Tran Hien (trombone), Le Minh Chieu (tuba), Nguyen Thanh

Hai and Pham Van Hieu (trumpet), and Nghiem Manh Tuan (drums).

At the concert, the band will play march masterpieces, jazz, and pop songs from Vietnam and elsewhere. The highlights will include Japanese songs like Furusato (My Country Home) and Okina Furudokei (Grandfather's Clock).

The concert will begin 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 will go on for an hour and entrance is free.

For further information, contact the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam (04. 3 944 7419, ext. 106) or Mr. Yoshioka (0123 384 4138).

The second act of the JF Garage Concert was held in Hanoi last October with performances by DJ Tri Minh, one of the most popular electronic music solo artists in Vietnam, who collaborated with lip lute (Ä‘àn môi) artist Duc Minh Vietnamese zither (Ä‘àn tranh) artist Tra My and DJ Sebastien Gesell.

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