The Association of Asian Lyrics Composers (ACL) announced that Vietnam would host the 2005 Asian Contemporary Music Festival due to take place in Hanoi in October 2005. Musician Tran Trong Hung, head of the Vietnam Musicians’ Association’s Office and representative of ACL in Vietnam spoke about the festival.
Q: Please say something about the ACL?
A: ACL was founded in Japan in 1983 to encourage Asian composers to show their talent and find a new way of composition.
The festival is held annually in its member countries for seven days. The festival will take place in Tokyo, Japan in 2003 and in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2004 and in Vietnam in 2005.
Q: Has Vietnam attended all the festivals since its admission to the ACL?
A: Musicians Do Hong Quan (piano symphony) and Nguyen Xinh (concerto for dan bau the traditional monochord instrument of Vietnam and the orchestra) represented Vietnam at the 2001 festival. In 2002, I had a chance to join the festival with the symphony 'Return to Dien Bien' which was selected for performance at the closing ceremony.
Q: Who will represent Vietnam this year?
A: We are now collecting musical works that will be sent to the ACL. An art council will assess and select the best of these. Results will be announced shortly before the opening of the festival.
Q: What are the fundamental criteria of the ACL?
A: The ACL focuses on instrumental music, (sometimes vocal music which must belong to instrumental music structure such as oratorio and cantat), electronic music and folk music.
Q: In Vietnam, there are few composers composing instrumental works, is this a big obstacle for Vietnam to host the event?
A: We are especially worried about the number of works. In early 2002, a campaign was launched to encourage composers to compose instrumental works and the style of the ACL was also introduced to Vietnamese composers so that they would be able to create suitable works for the festival. As the host, Vietnamese works should account for one third of the entries to the festival.
We want the festival in Vietnam to be a festive day and an opportunity for Vietnamese composers to exchange and learn experience of other Asian composers. It will help widen the vision for Vietnamese composers to get access to the world contemporary music.
By NHU QUYNH
(Sports and Culture newspaper)
Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper