Over 40 artists to join residency in Hoi An

Forty-three musicians and artists will take part in the Film, Archive and Music Lab (FAMLAB) Residency in Hoi An City from June 6 to 25 as part of the Heritage of Future Past project, the British Council in Vietnam has announced.

Over 40 artists to join residency in Hoi An
The FAMLAB Residency will conclude with an outdoor concert on June 25 at Dong Hiep Cultural Park (on the right) - PHOTO: COURTESY OF ORGANIZER

Coming from different parts of Vietnam and the UK, participating artists will work together towards in-depth musical exchanges and sharing on indigenous forms of Vietnamese music.

The program is jointly organized by the British Council, Lune Production and Phu Sa Lab. Following 20 days of collaboration, the FAMLAB Residency will conclude with a free, outdoor concert on June 25 inside Hoi An’s Dong Hiep Cultural Park, introducing works developed by artists throughout the program.

The FAMLAB Residency and Concert will reflect the indigenous music from the North West, Central Highlands and South Central regions of Vietnam, with master musicians from the provinces of Tuyen Quang, Lai Chau, Gia Lai, Daklak and Binh Thuan participating.


Working in artistic advisor and coordinator roles are artists from Phu Sa Lab, including Nguyen Nhat Ly, music director for Lune Production performances such as My Village, A o, and Palao, Nguyen Duc Minh, and Quyen Thien Dac, alongside special guest composer Ngoc Dai.

Other notable names include the Dan Do Group, who are known for self-made instruments inspired by indigenous music and quotidian objects, and singer Do Nguyen Mai Khoi.

The program will also feature three contemporary Scottish musicians known for their innovative approaches to sonic traditions, including Tom Bancroft (drum set and bodhran drum), Esther Swift (harp) and David Shedden (bagpipes), as such creating a platform for exploring symbiosis and resonances between Vietnam’s and Scotland’s indigenous music forms. SGT

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