Vietnamese, Swedish artists to present sound art, imagery in Hanoi

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Sound artists and visual artists that make up Vietnamese-Swedish group The Six Tones will perform in Hanoi May 19.

The performance will take place at Kim Ngan temple in the capital at 8p.m., according to a press release from the group this week.

The show will feature the premier of a composition Chuyen dich (Movement) by Hanoi-based composer Kim Ngoc and choreographer Marie Fahlin.

The performance is organized by E- Center (Center for experimental music and art) and Nha San Studio in Hanoi and is supported by the Swedish Research Council and the Malmö Academy of Music, Sweden.

The Six Tones -- the name refers to the six tones of the Vietnamese language -- aim to amalgamate art and music from Vietnam and Europe.

The group works by means of transcriptions of traditional Vietnamese music for Western stringed instruments and traditional Vietnamese instruments, free improvisation with live-electronics, and with new commissions to composers both from the West and from Vietnam.

The Six Tones includes Thanh Thuy and Ngo Tra My, two Vietnamese performers, and the guitarist Stefan Östersjö.

Since the project started, the trio has been collaborating with the composer and improviser Henrik Frisk, who has both composed works for the ensemble as well as toured with the group as a lap top improviser.

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