Jazz concert to raise spirits of Japanese tsunami victims

The jazz group ‘Unit Asia’ will perform in a concert to be held at the Ben Thanh Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City on February 5.

The jazz concert will reflect Japan’s very resilient spirit in rebuilding their towns affected by last year’s earthquake and tsunami; as well as express their gratitude to the Vietnamese government and the people for their support to the victims of Japan’s triple disaster.

The ‘Unit Asia’ jazz group comprises of five members including Japanese musicians Isao Miyoshi (guitar), Hiroyuki Noritake (drums) and Shigeki Ippon (bass); well-known Thai saxophone player, Koh Saxman and Malaysian pianist, Tay Cher Siang.

The band was formed after a Southeast Asian tour which performed in Singapore, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand in 2008. Since then, the group’s music has evolved and the mutual understanding and friendship between the musicians has deepened.

Their first album called ‘Unit Asia-smile for you’ was released in October 2010.

The music concert will be held earlier in Hanoi on February 3, in which local singer Tung Duong will participate.

The concert is being co-organized by the Consulate General of Japan in HCMC and the Centre for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam.

Free tickets are available at the office of the Consulate General of Japan in HCMC, 13-17 Nguyen Hue Street in District 1; and at Ben Thanh Theatre at 6 Mac Dinh Chi Street in District 1.

By Thanh Hang – Translated by Kim Khanh

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