Vietnam to host bamboo music festival

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  Artists perform at the second Cracking Bamboo percussion festival last year

The third Cracking Bamboo percussion festival will take place in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City this week and next.

The exploration of percussion instruments and rhythm combines Asian and Western music.

The festival, whose first and second edition were held in 2008 and 2010, also "supports the cultural exchange of western and eastern nations and besides the music it is an initiative to support innovative methods and practice in the field of music and performance art," according to Goethe Institute.

According to a press release from the institute, this year, around 31 participants from Asia and Europe, including Germany, Norway, France, England, Mongolia, Canada, Belgium, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, will come together for workshops in Bangkok.

From Vietnam, three percussionists from the Ho Chi Minh City Music Academy will take part, as well as three musicians from Hanoi who are going to play Vietnamese string instruments like the dan bau (monochord) and the traditional bamboo xylophone dan T'rung. All musicians will spend 5 days in mixed and roughly equal-sized ensemble groups to create a program in which individual solo contributions, improvisation and short composed segments should result in a "composed" or arranged program in Hanoi (October 6-7) and Ho Chi Minh City (October 10).

On October 6, the Courtyard of the Goethe Institute Hanoi will host a concert during which the various artists will present themselves musically.

The resulting program will be performed at a concert on October 7 at the Youth Theater, 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street, Hanoi and on October 10 at the HCMC Conservatory of Music, 112 Nguyen Du Street, District 1.

Entrance is free. Tickets can be collected at Goethe Institute in Hanoi at 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District, and Goethe Institute HCMC at Do Thanh Condo, 18 Road No. 1, Ward 4, District 3.

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