German percussionist performs in Hanoi New Music Festival

German percussionist Burkhard Beins has traveled to Hanoi for performances from December 5-8.

The German artist presented a solo percussion piece at the Youth Theater on December 5. He will perform electro-acoustic music on December 7 at Tadioto Bar and be onstage together with musicians from around the world in the ‘Being Together’ performance at the Youth Theater on December 8.

Born in 1964 in Lower Saxony, Burkhard Beins has lived in Berlin since 1995. He is well-known for his use of percussion in combination with selected objects and works with electronics, electro-acoustic instruments and devices. Burkhard Beins is performing at festivals all around the world since the late 1980s.

His performance is part of the Hanoi New Music Festival 2013 which is on in Hanoi from November 30-December 8.

More than 50 outstanding international and national musicians from countries like UK, Germany, Italy, France and Scandinavia have performed in more than seven stages, showing their skills to the public, including DomDom the Hub for Experimental Music & Art, Youth Theater, Tadioto Bar, Nhasan Collective and L’Espace.

The Hanoi New Music Festival presents five new commissioned compositions by local musicians/ artists/ choreographers among others SonX, Vu Nhat Tan, Nguyen Manh Hung, Nguyen Duc Minh, Pham Thi Hue, Nguyen Anh Duc; as well as outstanding international and national productions including Go To Hell by The Six Tones, What Makes The Spider Spin Her Web by Kim Ngoc, Phonotope by Rolf Wallin, Thanh Giong by Ton That Tiet.

The festival gathers renowned musicians, improvisers and groups like The Six Tones, SISU, Hanoi Ensemble, Camusi, Lotte Anker, Stefan Östersjö, Kim Ngoc, Henrik Frisk, Thank Thuy, Jakob Riis, Burkhard Beins, Tri Minh, Tra My, Terje Thiwång and many more.

On top of the 8-day program, festival goers have a rare chance to see excellent interactive music productions, improvisations, music installations and music theatre in the city of Hanoi. In addition to the presentation of electro-acoustic music, a range of contemporary chamber music is an integral component of the festival.

The festival’s vast experimental music shows are supplemented by an extensive cultural program of performances and screenings.

Under the title ‘The Blind Spot’ the festival aims not only to change the ‘invisibility’ of contemporary music in the local scene--filling the gaps in knowledge, but also to generate synergetic effects to strengthen musical infrastructure between Vietnam and the worldwide contemporary music scene.

Compiled by Kim Khanh

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