September 05, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Trí Minh's Quartet will perform Sounds From Hanoi, an electronic/new music program, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lobby of the Weis Center at Bucknell University. The performance is free and tickets are not required.

There will be a free lecture/demonstration at noon that same day in the Weis Center Lobby.

The Quartet  — Trí Minh, piano, and electronics, Phạm Trà My, đàn tranh (16 string zither), Đức Minh, mouth harp and Hà Đình Huy, drums and percussion — binds electronica, acoustic instruments and traditional Vietnamese motifs in a program of collaborative and improvised works. Sounds from Hanoi uses improvisation to create a dialogue between instruments in ways that echo Hanoi's experimental side, a side Trí Minh and his friends connect with the growing voice of civil society in Vietnam.

Contemporary sound artist and founder of the Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival, Trí Minh has worked with musicians from highly diverse backgrounds, collaborated with internationally respected DJs and electronic musicians like Robert Henke, Robin Scanner and Dickson Dee, and played sets around the world.

His formal training in piano performance and composition at the Hanoi Conservatory of Music gave him a powerful technical background and challenging but set repertoire. It wasn't quite enough for the restless, curious musician, who was caught up in the winds of change that blew from Eastern Europe. "The changes brought new music to us," Trí Minh recalls. "There was German pop music like Modern Talking, electronic stuff like Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, and jazz, lots of jazz. It was exciting for us young people."

Trí Minh began exploring electronic music, sometimes playing with the fringes of noise and experimental improvisation, sometimes keeping to pop-friendly formats. He came to appreciate Vietnam's wealth of instruments — from potent drums to nuanced bowed and plucked string instruments — and heard a new vista of potential sounds and ideas.

The presentation of Trí Minh's Quartet is part of Center Stage, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with additional support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council. General Management for Center Stage is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc. 

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a performance by New Orleans Legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center. Tickets are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $20 for youth 18 and Under, $20 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter

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