Ambassade d'Auvergne, Gilbert Nouno, Hanoi New Music Ensemble, Kent Nagano, LA International New Music Festival, Le Grand Comptoirs d'Anvers, Mari Kodama, Momo Kodama, Montmartre, Nguyen Thien Dao, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Restaurant Nansouty, Rue du Buci, Ton That Tiet, Vietnam
Paris is always a good idea. Audrey Hepburn
If there was an Academy Award for the most influential city in the world, Paris would probably win hands down. It’s certainly played a leading role in the world of music, art, literature, cuisine, fashion, history, colonialism, architecture, poetry, sculpture, science, film, romance, photography, you name it and Paris has had a starring part.
My wife Jan and I went to Paris in May to create French connections for the Hanoi New Music Ensemble and the Los Angeles International New Music Festival. It’s not coincidental but my next concert in October is hosted by the Alliance Française in Hanoi. We realized that as Americans in Paris we’d be able to build bridges for the French music community back to their former colony and formidable enemy in Southeast Asia.
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