Music festival comes back loud to Hanoi

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The Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival of electronic and experimental music is coming back next week with performers from Vietnam and four European countries.
The seventh edition will include two main festival events. A sit-down electronic pop event on April 11 will feature a mix of artists from the UK, Belgium, France and Vietnam, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Museum of History, at No.1 Pham Ngu Lao Street.
A DJ dance event will follow at the same time the next day at Van Ho Exhibition Center at No.2 Hoa Lu Street, focusing on the German electronic music scene through its DJ artists Mijk Van Dijk and Good Guy Mikesh, while also featuring some of Vietnam’s best electro and sounds artists including Tri Minh, who is the festival’s founder and director.
New short and experimental films will be also screened in collaborations with several experimental art venues and studios in the capital city.
Mijk Van Dijk was one of the first techno musicians in Berlin in the 1990s. Together with electro songwriter Cosmic Baby, he in 1992 introduced the new genre trance by releasing the first album of its kind, Tranceformed From Beyond.
His compatriot Mikesh is known for brilliant music perception and creative mixes of different contemporary genres such as R&B with disco and new wave.
They will perform with Minh and artists from Dom Dom, Vietnam’s first and only school for contemporary artist founded in Hanoi by musician Tran Kim Ngoc.
Minh is currently the most prominent experimental music figure in Vietnam and is running an ambitious project to enliven the northern folk music ca tru by putting it in an electro setting. Ca tru was most popular in northern Vietnam in the 15th century. It enjoyed high status, favored by the wealthy and educated class, as it was considered a clever combination of the best of music and poetry.
The participant from the UK is singer, songwriter and producer Micachu, who refreshes pop through her experimental productions, and by playing instruments she thought of and made herself.
Benjamin Schoos from Belgium is both a French pop producer and a manager for his own underground studio, while Joakim from France is a master in mixing genres with 20 years experience of classic piano study.
As the festival aims to spur interest among young Vietnamese audiences in electro and experimental music, it will hold some information sessions on April 10 at the Goethe Institute at 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. Artists from the UK, Germany and Vietnam will teach music students and artists interested in electronic music between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and participating artists will present to the students from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Visual and installation artists joined previous editions of the festival, whose organizers include the Vietnam Academy of Music.
Tickets cost VND50,000 for April 12 and VND200,000 for April 11 and can be booked online at http://hanoisoundstuff.vn/programme-2014 until April 12. Discounts are available for students and those bringing festival flyers to the Goethe Institute, British Council at 20 Thuy Khue Street, the French culture center L’Espace at 24 Trang Tien Street, Manzi Art Space at 14 Phan Huy Ich Street and Most Wanted Café & Pub at 4 Tho Nhuom Street.

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