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Israeli Jazz icon to perform in Vietnam

Aug 18, 2007

Thanh niên - Amir Gwirtzman, one of Israel’s leading Jazz players and composers of the last 20 years, will give two performances in Hanoi next week.

He will take the stage with well-known Jazz artist Quyen Van Minh at Minh’s Jazz club on Luong Van Can street on August 21.

The next day he will perform with another local jazz artist Quyen Thien Dac at the Melia Hotel.

Gwirtman has been playing the piccolo (little flute) since the age of seven, the clarinet since nine, and the saxophone since 16. These days he plays 20 different wind instruments.

He won a scholarship to the Mannes College of music in New York, the US.

As a founder of ESTA, proclaimed by music critics as "Israel's most original instrumental band", Amir and his band have performed in many prestigious festivals and venues in Israel, Europe, and America.

Their music combines the flavors of world music, the power of rock, and the spirit of jazz into a powerful, energetic new sound that crosses genres, styles, and borders.

Amir performed in China on Shanghai TV as an Israeli cultural representative at the “Asia is One” music festival in 1998.

He regularly conducts workshops for students in the US, including at universities and high schools.

Amir’s Hanoi shows were part of a series of Israeli cultural events in Vietnam this year, the country’s embassy in Hanoi said.

Earlier this year a film festival and piano duet performance were organized. Photo and painting exhibitions and visits by celebrities are scheduled later this year.

Thu Thuy

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