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Well-known jazz artist preparing for "last" live show

Sep 14, 2007

VietNamNet Bridge – These days, the well-known Hanoi Jazz Club founder, 53-year-old saxophonist Quyen Van Minh, is busily rehearsing for a show titled Father and Son, which he said might be his “last” big show.

The live show will be organised some time at the start of 2008. "Since 1994, I have frequently appeared on big and small stages in and out of Vietnam. But these performances have all been small and scattered ones delivered upon organisers’ orders.

“Some of them have just been performances for hotel customers during meals, helping them to enjoy their food more rather than satisfying their love of jazz itself,” said

the jazz artist. The upcoming show to be held at the Hanoi Opera House will be very different in quality and scale, though.

Quyen Van Minh said it would be a landmark in his career, a show “sort of reviewing all the toil and tears, development and achievements” through all these years of playing jazz. The live show will be named Father and Son because Minh will perform alongside his own son, Quyen Thien Dac, who is himself a talented jazz artist with a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, the US.

For many years, the father and the son have been working hard to help create a distinctive Vietnamese jazz style that will be able to captivate domestic audiences as well as stand out on international stages.

The live show will feature some of the fruits of their efforts – 10 jazz works blending jazz elements and those of Vietnamese folk music. Minh said the idea of using Vietnamese folk music first occurred to him when he listened to American jazz great John Coltrane’s Blue Trane, which features lots of eastern musical elements.

So he thought there was no reason why Vietnamese jazz artists couldn’t create something out of the best of different worlds like Coltrane. But he doesn’t allow himself to “run too wild” with Vietnamese folk music, for fear doing so could give him the reputation of deforming it, said Minh.

The blending is just right, that is to say, turning selected Vietnamese folk music elements into jazz rather than making use of whole folk songs. How all of this will come out is uncertain, but Minh has great expectations for his big live show, as well as his son.

Quyen Van Minh doesn’t know what works his son will perform. Dac’s style is rather different from his father’s. Minh said his was closer to folk, and Dac’s, modern music. But he is ready to join his “rival” in what promises to be a great jazz show.

(Source: VTC)

 

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