VietNamNet Bridge – Ha Noi's young adults enjoy a diverse range of music, from old-timey Vietnamese ballads to the latest Billboard hits. I explored a few live music coffee shops and bars to experience the musical culture in the millennium-old capital first-hand. When talking about timeless Vietnamese musicians, the first artist to come to mind can easily be Trinh Cong Son. Although he passed away almost 15 years ago, his music is still sought-after by both old and young listeners. Many cafes designed specifically to play his music have sprouted up around Ha Noi in recent years, like Trinh Ca Cafe (233 To Hieu Street). Upon entering Trinh Ca, I realized that this place intended to have a Japanese teahouse theme. A modest goldfish pond, surrounded by round white pebbles, claimed a small corner outside the shop. Above it, a golden bust of Trinh Cong Son was etched into the wall. Prior to entering the shop, customers were requested to take off their shoes, just like how it … [Read more...] about Hanoi caters to varied music tastes
Writer bends ear to Vietnamese music (29-06-2009) HA NOI — Rock Ha Noi and Rumba Cuu Long, written by American musicologist Jason Michael Gibbs, is a narrative about Vietnamese history and culture, with a theme of music. Publisher Tri Thuc held a book launch at The Goethe Institue on Thursday and explained about the research and care the writer had taken, particular being a foreigner. Gibbs along with translator Nguyen Truong Quy, rocker Le Tien Dat and musician Duong Thu told the audience stories of music. It was an opportunity for those who care about Vietnamese music, culture and cultural research to hear the viewpoint of a foreign researcher. When asked if the Vietnamese people would lose their traditional music amid an invasion of foreign music, Gibbs said the lifestyle of the Vietnamese had changed and certainly their music tastes would change. "However, they are not turning their backs on Vietnamese traditional music; traditional values will exist in different forms," … [Read more...] about Writer bends ear to Vietnamese music
Group hobby: Artists gather to sing ca Hue on a Saturday evening. "Living treasures" Thanh Huong (centre) and Minh Man (right, rear) accompany them. — VNS Photos Ngoc Duy Melodious: Tran Dinh Khac Du plays the monochord to Buu Y (rear). In the swing: Bao Cuong, 68, joins the performance with a bamboo flute. In tune: Ca Hue was performed at the Royal Night during a Hue Festival. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Ha Historical materials show that characteristic Hue melodies originated from imperial songs. Its official name ca Hue first appeared in 1687. Music tastes have changed a lot since then but one man is determined the genre won't die out. Ngoc Duy reports.Every Saturday evening, the small house at No 9 Pham Ngu Lao Street in Hue resounds with the touching melodies of ca Hue (Hue tunes). The host, Buu Y, has hosted a music club at his home for 14 years as an expression of love for his wife and a means to preserve a genre of traditional music that has lost popularity … [Read more...] about Elderly man preserves traditional music ca Hue for love
VietNamNet Bridge - Many songs that are strongly criticized and "honored" as "disasters of Vietnamese music", but they are "top hits" on the Internet or being downloaded mostly as ringtones. Singers also become "famous". As a result, many more "disasters" are launched. Most "famous" songs include: "Dad, you have to choose me or her", "Unexpectedly, I love one of the same sex", "Heart of Superman Gao" performed by Hoang AXN, "The idiot makes an offer of marriage", "The gambler", "The fate of concubine" performed by Ho Duy Minh, "If you borrow my bike, remember to fill it up" performed by Yuki Huy Nam, "Lie" performed by Phuong My, "Brown Skin" and "Permanent Soul" performed by Phi Thanh Van. To understand why they are called "disasters", let's read the lyrics of "Brown Skin". This song has only five sentences: "I live in thirst I live in wishes Bring in wishes Bring in thirst Brown skin, brown skin, brown skin…" The remaining "disasters" are the same. Songwriters … [Read more...] about V-music disasters – indispensable development?
Your Say (23-10-2009) Loud music at retail stores may drive customers away Last week, we asked our readers about shops that play music to attract customers and encourage them to spend money. We asked them if they thought it was a fair tactic, or simply a form of noise pollution? The following were some of the replies we received. Urko Masse, Spanish, HCM City The noisy music played in a lot of shops around town is unpleasant and quite annoying for me and most of my expat friends. When I come across a shop that plays loud music I try to avoid it and look for other options. … [Read more...] about Loud music at retail stores may drive customers away
Vietnamese netizens have recently expressed outrage at some of the songs they called "music disasters." These songs, they charged, were an offense to the ears of the unfortunate people who have to listen to them. "Nhac te ghe" (falling-out-of-chair music), a term coined by Tuoi Tre Newspaper to describe the kind of music that is so bad or shocking that it can make the listeners fall out of their chairs, has attracted an enormous amount of attention from the netizens who responded with tons of critical comments. "Nhac te ghe," a disaster To the people who dislike the music, if you are not a fan of Vietnam's pop music, then listening to these "disastrous songs" only confirms your good judgment. With overly simple, to the point of being inane, lyrics, the song "Tam Hon La Vinh Cuu (Eternal Soul), sung by Phi Thanh Van, gave a nasty shock to people who listened to it. Written for the movie "Tham My Vien (Beauty Salon)," the song tells the story of an unattractive girl whose life … [Read more...] about “Falling-out-of-the-chair” music, a disaster?
Opening: 08:00 pm, Sun 23 Oct 2016 l'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi l'Espace Hanoi New Music Ensemble (HNME was founded in 2015 on the initiative of composers Vu Nhat Tan and Tran Kim Ngoc, violist Pham Truong Son and conductor Jeff Von Der Smith with the mission to bring the international and local contemporary music to Vietnamese audience, and to become an ambassador of Vietnamese contemporary music. By introducing the contemporary musical works by Vietnamese and international composers, HNME hopes to change the music taste of the Vietnamese audience. Program: Claude Debussy: Syrinx (Solo flute) Nguyen Thien Dao: Tuyen lua (flute and percussion) Olivier Messiaen: Con sao den (flute and piano) Didier Latroupe: Bia da (solo flute) Tran Kim Ngoc: Phuc hon Ton That Tiet: Voyage & Thu Phong Pierre Boulez: Choi voi 1 Vu Nhat Tan: Ky uc Ticket price: VND100,000 ($4.5) Student price: VND80,000 ($3.6) Tickets are available at l’Espace. … [Read more...] about Contemporary Concert with Hanoi New Music Ensemble
Veteran composer Duong Thu has blamed sections of the media and younger readers for the proliferation of Vietnamese showbiz scandals that have made front page news. The composer made the comments at a recent forum held in HCM City. Never before have newspaper pages been so full of singers willing to bad mouth their promoters, industry insiders and fellow musicians. Duong Thu accused the media of fuelling the problem, "A number of newspapers try to deliberately run shocking news to blacken stars in order to attract page views. They’re happy to feature artists wearing skimpy clothes, love affairs and shocking quotes." He also noted that the media is an accomplice with artists to create scandals and has built a showbiz image which leaves bad impressions on the public. The composer patronised young music fans claiming they were unselective in their tastes and were only too willing to forgive artists for wearing skimpy outfits on stage, and for producing what she … [Read more...] about Composer blames media, young fans for lack of music taste
by Bui Nguyen To Hanh Ha Noi's young adults enjoy a diverse range of music, from old-timey Vietnamese ballads to the latest Billboard hits. I explored a few live music coffee shops and bars to experience the musical culture in the millennium-old capital first-hand. When talking about timeless Vietnamese musicians, the first artist to come to mind can easily be Trinh Cong Son. Although he passed away almost 15 years ago, his music is still sought-after by both old and young listeners. Many cafes designed specifically to play his music have sprouted up around Ha Noi in recent years, like Trinh Ca Cafe (233 To Hieu Street). Upon entering Trinh Ca, I realized that this place intended to have a Japanese teahouse theme. A modest goldfish pond, surrounded by round white pebbles, claimed a small corner outside the shop. Above it, a golden bust of Trinh Cong Son was etched into the wall. Prior to entering the shop, customers were requested to take off their shoes, just like how it would be … [Read more...] about Ha Noi caters to varied music tastes
Music cafes and bars in HCM City have been badly affected by economic downturn and other problems, leaving local artists and promoters struggle to earn a living. The Yoko Bar The ATB cafe, in District 3, has been a haunt of singer Anh Tuyet, well-known for her pis performances of older, pre-Vietnam War songs as well as those of composer Van Cao. However the cafe has been temporarily closed. The guard who works there said that since the economic downturn the cafe has been seeing fewer and fewer customers. The well-known singer, Cam Van, opened a cafe-bar on Tu Xuong Street as a place to socialise with her fans, but she has since been forced to relocate to a place on Pham Ngoc Thach Street in District 1. One of the more celebrated places in the city for rock fans has been the Yoko bar. However it now remains largely empty. The owner, Kim Lan, said that the economic factor is just part of the problem, adding that musical tastes are changing among young people. Scandals … [Read more...] about Music venues face losses in crisis