Ambassador Ted Osius, Asia, Cong Caphe, Dang Hong Anh, Danh Huu Phuc, Do Nhuan, DomDom, Geir Johnson, Hanoi, Hanoi New Music Ensemble, Kim Ngoc Tran, Los Angeles International New Music Festival, Manzi Art Space, Nguyen Minh Nhat, Old Quarter Cultural Center in Hanoi, Pham Truong Son, Song Hong Ensemble, Vietnam, VNSO String Quartet, Vu Nhat Tan
If I were asked to put my impressions of the Vietnamese on the back of a business card, I’d probably settle on “the most resourceful people on Earth.” My friends there have a way of tunneling under, going around, slicing through, or soaring above any and all situations life throws in their way. Sometimes they do these things simultaneously, which makes working in Vietnam always interesting.
Before I was approached to be an official artistic advisor and conductor to the Hanoi New Music Ensemble, I was made aware of many new developments in the performing arts infrastructure in Hanoi. But one report, of a new cultural center smack in the heart of the intoxicating Old Quarter, helped me go from interested to YES!