Hanoi (VNA) – Internationally-acclaimed
jazz guitarist Nguyen Le and his band will perform at The BandFest 2018 later
this month at the Hanoi Opera House.
Initiated by Vietnam’s famous composer and
music producer Anh Quan and his wife, diva My Linh, The BandFest is expected to
be Vietnam’s first international indoor music festival dedicating solely to the
band and not just singers.
“Most people are not aware of the importance
of a music band. They even keep a ‘default’ thought that the band is supporting
the singers or is just secondary. They don’t know that a band can act as a
dependent individual,” Quan said at a press conference last week.
The composer said he has witnessed in
recent years the births of several bands, which have made strong impressions on
music fans with their unique personalities and talents.
“Visible evidence showing the development
of those promising bands is the reality show Ban Nhac Viet (Vietnamese Band)
that ended in February. That’s why I really want to create a new professional
‘playground’ for the bands,” Quan said.
Talking to the media through live video
link, Vietnamese-rooted artist Nguyen Le, who has released 16 albums, said: “As
a jazz artist, my repertoire definitely will focus on jazz compositions.”
Le, who was granted the title “Chevalier de
l’ordre des Arts & des Lettres” (Knight of the Order of the Arts and
Letters) for his energetic effort in promoting jazz across the world, will
perform together with German pianist Benjamin Schatz and South Korean drummer
He has also invited 19-year-old drummer Le Minh
Hieu of the band Jazz Glory to join him on stage after he was amazed by his talents.
The teenager was the only Vietnamese
representative at Drum Fest Singapore in 2017.
According to the Paris-based artist, Le, Hieu
is among a small number of local musicians who have had an impression on him.
Those artists include veteran saxophonists Tran
Manh Tuan and Quyen Thien Dac, singer Tung Duong, and diva My Linh.
Diva Linh, who has worked with her producer
husband Quan to launch The BandFest, will also perform with the Nguyen Le Band.
The BandFest 2018’s repertoire will also
include a performance presented by the wife of the Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam,
Anna Hogberg, who is also a singer.
Hogberg, who is a singing teacher and a
choir leader in her home country, will perform with Jazz Glory.
Another highlight of The BandFest 2018 will
be the performance by the Yellow Star Big Band. The 16-member group won reality
show Ban Nhac Viet in February.
Other bands taking part in the festival on
April 30, include PB Nation and Mau Nuoc (Watercolour).-VNA