Facebook is to release a new feature on its mobile app that "listens" to your music and TV shows. If the song or show is recognised by the app, users can publish the information on their profile or to selected friends. The service hopes to take advantage of the "second screen" trend, which sees fans of TV shows in particular sharing their experiences on social networks. However, some users have privacy concerns. The feature, which will be available in a few weeks' time, uses the microphones inside users' smartphones to detect nearby music or TV shows. … [Read more...] about Facebook wants to ‘listen’ to your music and TV
German twins open European Music Festival My Tran By My Tran in HCMC Twin guitarists Peter and Zoltan Katona will perform with musicians of the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra at the Youth Theater in the capital at 8 p.m. on Friday to open the European Music Festival 2013. The Katona brothers then come to HCMC Conservatory of Music for a performance at 8 p.m. on Sunday. The concerts will feature works of Boccherini, Bach, Manuel de Falla and Astor Piazzolla. The duo will bring to audiences new musical experiences when they transfer from strictly classical into more popular musical genres. Furthermore the artists will offer an “Open Lesson” for guitar students at the National Music Academy in Hanoi. The festival, co-organized by the European Union Delegation to Vietnam and the six EU embassies of Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Sweden and Vietnam will be a colorful music banquet. The highlight of the festival will be stunning performances by esteemed … [Read more...] about German twins open European Music Festival
Heineken Live music event in Hanoi, HCMC Quoc Hung By Quoc Hung in HCMC Vietnam is excitedly counting down the days to Heineken Live Access music festival which takes place in Hanoi on June 1 and HCMC on July 27. Being the last part of the Four World Class Experiences initiated by Heineken in Vietnam, the prestigious music experience promises massive parties and a top notch line-up of top DJs wowing fans for four hours in Hanoi and a six-hour epic in HCMC. Hanoi will pioneer the exclusive series with an iconic music event featuring the launch of the Heineken Live Access Music Club at the American Club in the capital and HCMC will follow on with a transformative experience that gets audiences ‘Dressed for the world’. 2012 IDMA Best Breakthrough Artist Award winning artist DJ R3hab and world famous DJ Mitch Crown will get the crowd rolling with pumping tunes and cutting edge music. The festive night will also bring on the opening of the Heineken VIP Club offering … [Read more...] about Heineken Live music event in Hanoi, HCMC
Four years after they talked about it, Vietnamese and European songwriters are gathering this Saturday in Hanoi to inaugurate Vietnam's first experimental music festival. The Hanoi New Music Festival will be celebrated until December 8, presenting 12 events by around 50 musicians, either emerging or established, from eight different countries - Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, UK, and Vietnam. The festival is called "Diem khuat" (Blind Spot), signifying the aim to change the invisibility of contemporary music by reflecting recent artistic, social and technical developments in music on the local scene. Cheo Theater in Hanoi will open the festival with a revisit of the 2007 composition of the festival's initiator Tran Kim Ngoc, "What Makes the Spider Spin Her Web," an electro-theater piece with ghostly music and shaking echoes of "a oi." It is based on an old Vietnamese folk song. Ngoc makes powerful calls to women bound to the same journey of traditional roles from … [Read more...] about A music experiment goes to town
The International Contemporary Music Festival has been held five times in Ho Chi Minh City so far, but its relative obscurity can be judged by the fact that participating artists had to contribute to meet expenses. The Tien Phong newspaper surmised in a recent editorial that the fact that the event is organized by local and not foreign musicians might be one of the reasons for its unpopularity. This year, however, the organizers are luckier. Most of the expenses for the event will be borne by an arts fund from Norway. This year's three-day festival (November 14-16) will take place at the city's Conservatory of Music which can seat 400 people for every show. Apart from the concerts, the event will have two talk shows on contemporary music, a term in a broader sense referring to all modern musical forms after 1945. Borrowing elements of classical music or symphony orchestra or instrumental music, in a narrower sense, the music is the result of musical experiments by composers of … [Read more...] about Contemporary music a thing of the past?