All that jazz and more visits Ha Noi
HA NOI ó Tran Manh Tuan, known as Viet Namís first jazzman, is set to wow audiences in the capital next week, with his unique mix of jazz and traditional musical instruments.
Tuan and his friends will perform at líEspace, the French Cultural Centre, on Wednesday starting at 8pm, playing a composite mix of occidental jazz and Vietnamese traditional music and instruments including the tírung, dan tranh (16-chord zither) and dan nhi (Vietnamese two- chord fiddle).
Tuan returns to the country after a stint in France where he performed with the French group Mezcal Jazz Unit, with whom he also recorded the album Tim Gio (Looking for the Wind).
Tuan developed a passion for jazz when he was young, born in Ha Noi to a family of artists as his parents and his sister belonged to cai luong (renovated theatre). Having developed his musical skills over the years, Tuan is now well known in Viet Nam and abroad for his saxophonist maturity and his profound influence in jazz. Considered a creative and highly original artist, Tuanís mix of different instruments infuses a high level of emotion into his sounds.
While jazz is still an acquired taste in Viet Nam, this saxophonist is doing his part to try and bring the sounds to the masses. Tuan opened a jazz club several years ago in HCM City, as part of his dream to boost the prevelance of jazz in the country to the level he thinks it deserves. Even with jazzís limited popularity in Viet Nam, heís sold hundreds of thousands of copies of his albums.
Tuan has won several musical prizes and teaches at the HCM Cityís Music Conservatory.
Free tickets are available at the centreís reception desk, located at 24 Trang Tien Street, Ha Noi. Fur further information, please call 9362164.
Vietnam news Agency - February 16, 2008.