Online concert features Vietnamese, international female artists

HCMC - An online concert, “Drifting Intervals”, featuring five female artists from Vietnam, Germany and France will take place this Saturday, July 17, as part of a music project funded by the Goethe Institute in Vietnam, during which the female artists will have a chance to transcend limits to freely express themselves and their creativity.

Monochord soloist Ngo Tra My is one of the five female artists that will perform at the “Drifting Intervals” online concert this Saturday – PHOTO: COURTESY OF ORGANIZER

The concert will be performed from Vietnam, Germany, France and Ghana and livestreamed via the Facebook page of the Goethe Institute in Vietnam.

From the idea of artist Luong Hue Trinh, the material in each composition is the personal outlook of a young composer on the cultural exchange between Vietnam and Germany. The fragility and sensitivity of the artists will also be shown in the improvisation section.

Eva Zollner and Ute Wassermann, two artists from Germany, will perform at the concert.

Zollner is one of the most active accordionists of her generation and devotes herself to contemporary music. As an internationally acclaimed soloist, she has appeared in projects ranging from experimental solo performances to concerts with renowned ensembles.

Wassermann is a voice artist, composer and improvisor internationally known for her many-voiced and extreme vocal sound language. Her methods to extend the voice include the use of bird whistles, low-fidelity electronics, resonators and field recordings.

The concert will also feature French cellist and composer Sesverine Ballon. Deeply engaged in the development of her repertoire, Ballon’s practice draws as much on key works from the repertory as on her numerous collaborations with composers, working in the intimacy of the fabric of sound.

From Vietnam, monochord artist Ngo Tra My will join the concert.

My is a monochord lecturer at the Vietnam National Academy of Music and one of the most well-known monochord soloists in the country. She’s active in different fields, such as teaching, performing and researching traditional, contemporary and experimental music.

Luong Hue Trinh is a multimedia composer and electronics improviser. Starting her career in 2010, Trinh has organized numerous interviews, commissions and concerts, which were broadcast on radio, exhibited and performed live on stages in Asia, Europe, Africa and America.

“It is my pleasure to invite these talented female artists from Germany, France and Vietnam for this experimental music concert,” said Trinh, who is currently in Ghana preparing for her work.

“It’s a part of the Reconnect project by the Goethe Institute in Vietnam,” Trinh added.

Reconnect is about trans-local cooperation with meaningful online gatherings, which provides a sense of human connection during the ongoing pandemic.

The financial support is meant for dialogue and co-production by artists in music (electronic, classical and new music), video art and performance.