“Sounds of Hope”
A musician and visually impaired, each member of the band Hy vong is an example of energy and the desire to surpass themselves. The most brilliant is flautist Nguyen Van Linh, who also suffers from kidney failure, and who had to undergo dialysis before the concert.
As for the show itself, it was directed by Le Xuan Khoa, member of the group Dinh lang Viet (Vietnamese Communal Houses, in French).
"Hy vong group was founded in 2004. They have performed extensively at home and abroad, helping to promote traditional Vietnamese music," he said. “These are special artists who have been or are currently trained at the Hanoi National Academy of Music. Imagine the difficulty they had, these visually impaired, learning music! "
During the July 4th concert, the musicians of Hy vong performed pieces of traditional music, but also contemporary compositions and Asian folk songs. The public was won over.
“I was very impressed with this concert. This is the first time that I have seen such talented visually impaired musicians, ”says Lan Anh, a spectator. "I hope they will have the opportunity to perform regularly."
Tran Thi Thuy Lan, deputy head of the Hanoi Old Quarter Management Committee, shares this wish.
“We've been collaborating with the group Hy vong for years, which we've invited to perform several times,” she says. "We hope that other traditional music groups will also respond to our call to promote this musical heritage among the population and especially young people."
This work of promoting traditional music, the visually impaired musicians of the group Hy vong have made it their raison d'etre. They are often invited by foreign embassies. A downside, these concerts do not yet allow them to be able to live from their profession, deplores the pianist Ton That Triem, the founder of the group.