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Festival to showcase experimental music

Surround sound: Thailand's Space360 and Horn leader Auttaratt ‘Benz' Photongnoppakun performs at Hanoi SoundStuff 2010. — File Photo

Surround sound: Thailand's Space360 and Horn leader Auttaratt ‘Benz' Photongnoppakun performs at Hanoi SoundStuff 2010. — File Photo

HA NOI — Local and international musicians will perform in a unique electronic music festival in Ha Noi on April 15-16. Initiated by Vietnamese DJ Tri Minh in 2008, the Ha Noi Sound Stuff is the only local music festival to showcase electronic and experimental music.

"I really want young Vietnamese to have a chance to be up-to-date about world musical trends," Minh said. "The 4th Ha Noi Sound Stuff Festival is a good opportunity to showcase experimental music and arts to young people in Viet Nam as well as to broaden collaboration between Vietnamese and international artists."

Following the success of previous festivals in 2008, 2009 and 2010, this year's event will continue to promote electronic and experimental music in combination with visual and installation arts, Minh said.

The two-day festival will showcase about 24 artists from such countries as France, Germany, Austria, Norway, Thailand, and Malaysia, including German bands Coma and Timeart Ensemble, Thailand's Space360 and Horn, and Silvouplay from France.

Coma, from Cologne, Germany, has been touring European clubs and carries crowds away with its electronic dance music. Its two members, Georg Conrad and Marius Bubat, who have known each other since grade school, switching to techno and dance music after a short career as indie-rock artists. They have released albums in 2008 and 2009, produced by Kompakt & Firm, and have made a name for themselves at such major events as the pop festival in Cologne and Sweden's Arvica Festival.

Coma will perform on Friday at 8.45pm at the Viet Nam Culture and Arts Centre, alongside Thailand's Space360 and Horn, and Norwegian DJ Charlotte Bendiksen. Space360 and Horn leader Auttaratt ‘Benz' Photongnoppakun is a talented DJ and producer in Bangkok. Space 360 will perform at 9.45pm.

Vietnamese artists DJ Kruise, Luong Hue Trinh, Tri Minh, Trinh Minh Hien and Ha Okio will perform on the opening day of the festival.

Ha Okio is a self-taught recording artist, musician, producer, and rapper. He has produced a number of local artists and lent his voice to several records and soundtracks. Ha Okio will perform at 8.15pm.

With over ten years in the music industry, DJ Kruise has performed in such genres as rock, pop and dub. He performed in France and Austria in 2008 and 2009 and will open the Hanoi Sound Stuff festival at 6pm.

The second day of the festival will be highlighted by Germany's Timeart Ensemble. The ensemble, including sound and video artists Matthias Muche and Sven Hahne, will collaborate with Vietnamese musician Vu Nhat Tan to present a spontaneous fusion of classical instrument, electronic music and video installations. Their performance will take place on Saturday at 7.15pm.

The festival has also joined forces with Future Shorts Ha Noi, which makes it possible for festival guests to enjoy an interesting short film programme in the festival's chill-out zone.

The festival is being organised by the Viet Nam National Academy of Music and promoter M.A.M, with support from the Goethe Institute. Tickets for the festival are being sold for VND50,000. Ticket outlets can be found by visiting the web site — VNS

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