On July 14, audiences in Hanoi had the pleasure of experiencing the incredible talent of “Korean guitar prodigy” Sungha Jung. With his guitar skills, Sungha Jung took the audience on a musical journey, performing a range of songs from classic 80’s hits like “Hotel California” to modern Hollywood soundtracks, and even Vietnamese songs like “See tinh” by Hoang Thuy Linh.
This is your 6th time performing in Vietnam, but your first time touring three major cities (Hanoi, Danang, and Ho Chi Minh City). How do you feel about this?
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, my performance schedule had to be changed. It has been a while since I was last able to visit Vietnam, so I feel incredibly happy to be back here and see my Vietnamese fans who have always supported me so passionately.
|Artist Sungha Jung is dubbed a Korean guitar prodigy because he became famous at a young age. Photo courtesy of the artist|
Have you prepared anything special for the audience on this tour?
I always strive to bring something new and special to my performances. So, this time in Vietnam, I will be performing some new songs as well as a very popular Vietnamese song called “See Tinh”.
This song is widely known in South Korea, and many young people in my country used to sing and dance to “See Tinh”. I myself have covered this song and shared it on my YouTube channel.
Apart from music, what do you love about Vietnam?
During my free time, I love going to the beach, and my trip to Danang is still a beautiful memory. I have had the opportunity to enjoy a lot of Vietnamese food in Korea, and I especially love the traditional dish, pho (beef noodle soup). Every time I come to Vietnam, I make sure to indulge in this delicious dish.
|Artist Sungha Jung shares his feelings during the tour to Vietnam. Photo: Ngo Minh/The Hanoi Times|
In 2014, during your first tour to Vietnam at the age of 18, you won the hearts of the Vietnamese audience. Now, at 27, you are an experienced artist. What are your thoughts on the changing tastes of the audience here?
Having toured many countries in Southeast Asia, I have noticed that the cultures in these countries share many similarities. However, in Vietnam, people always express their enthusiasm and love for music and my songs. As a result, Vietnam holds a special place in my heart.
From the very beginning of my interactions with the Vietnamese audience, I found many fans who were the same age as me. Every fan meeting I have here brings me joy and a sense of excitement.
As time goes by, music genres and the audience’s tastes naturally evolve. I still have fans who enjoy listening to romantic and lyrical music from the 70s and 80s, while others prefer youthful pop or movie soundtracks. I have played popular soundtracks from movies like “Ghibli” (Japan), “He’s a Pirate” (Pirates of the Caribbean), and “Let It Go” (Frozen), which were very well-received by the audience. I will continue to explore and experiment with these different genres of music.
In fingerstyle guitar, a single guitarist can emulate the sound of an entire band. This style of guitar-playing has gained popularity among young Vietnamese artists due to its inspiration, challenge, and requirement for creativity. Do you have any advice for Vietnamese fingerstyle guitarists who want to pursue this style?
I consider fingerstyle playing to be very unique and captivating for the audience. The technique behind fingerstyle playing brings both pressure and inspiration to the artist.
I would just like to say that even in the process of making music, there will be moments when we feel like giving up. However, it’s important to remain consistent and resilient. Practice as much as you can and don’t hesitate to share your work on platforms like YouTube. Listening to and receiving feedback from others can greatly aid in your growth as a guitarist.
Can you tell us about your plans for the future?
With the Covid-19 pandemic now under control and travel restrictions easing, I have plans to release several music albums and continue covering popular songs. Of course, I will also be touring various countries and engaging in similar activities as I have done before.
Thank you for sharing!