Summer 2018 Residency programme at Mo H’ra village, Gia Lai  ©

Le Xuan Phong 

Designed towards meaningful exchanges with practitioners of Vietnam’s music and film heritage and the surrounding communities at large, the Residencies programme provides a platform for a fuller and more active understanding of heritage values – the inspiration to give rise to new creative works in the contemporary arena. A pilot residency took place in Gia Lai and Ninh Thuan provinces in August 2018, with participation from seven emerging artists (five musicians, a film-maker and visual artist) who learned about the music of each locality (Bahnar gong music and Cham ritual music, respectively) and the wider social context. A second programme happened in January 2019 at Hanoi’s Phu Sa Lab, culminating with a concert on 23 January.

Past Residencies

January 2019 – Phu Sa Lab (Hanoi) 

Over the course of 10 days, eight Vietnam-based contemporary musicians collaborated, exchanged and worke on ideas together at Phu Sa Lab, within the framework of the recent and highly-acclaimed Chem Gio concert – a musical dialogue between traditional and Western wind instruments, developed and originally performed by Nguyen Duc Minh, Quyen Thien Dac and the Dan Do Group. 

The showcase on 23 January was thus the premiere of an expanded version of Chem Gio, to be performed by 13 musicians on a diverse assortment of musical instruments from the North West, Central Highlands and South Central regions of Vietnam, as well as cello, guitars, drums, objects, amongst others.

Participants: Alec Schachner, Alex Formosa, Bryan Wilson, Bui Linh Ha, Huong Donna, Hoang Quoc Tuan, Pham The Vu, Zach Schreier

Advisors: Nguyen Duc Minh, Quyen Thien Dac, Dan Do Group (Dinh Anh Tuan, Tran Kim Ngoc, Nguyen Quang Su)

August 2018 – Mo H’ra Village (Gia Lai) and Binh Nghia Village (Ninh Thuan)

Participants: Ta Minh Duc, Bui Linh Ha, Xuan Ha, Ha Thuy Hang, Pham Thi Tam, Ly Trang, Pham The Vu

Advisors: Nguyen Xuan Son, Barley Norton, Joel Mills

Final concert – 23 January 2019. Photo: Tu Nguyen
Final concert – 23 January 2019. Photo: Tu Nguyen
Final concert – 23 January 2019. Photo: Tu Nguyen
Final concert – 23 January 2019. Photo: Tu Nguyen