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US jazz pianist Myra Melford to perform in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam debut

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 09:13 GMT+7
US jazz pianist Myra Melford to perform in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam debut
A poster of the ‘Myra Melford in Black & White’ concert

American jazz pianist-composer Myra Melfold will have her first-ever performance in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City this weekend.

Melford, 62, will host the ‘Myra Melford in Black & White’ concert at the Soul Live Project Complex in District 3 on Saturday night.

The concert, which is part of the “Soul Live Project Series: Jazz through Time,” will also feature two members from Melford’s ensemble Snowy Egret - Japanese bassist Stomu Takeishi and American drummer Rudy Royston.

The trio are expected to bring the audience “a unique night of musical contrast, at once delicate and graceful yet equally dynamic and explosive under the autumn moonlight,” the organizers said in a statement.

Jazz lovers are encouraged to dress in black and white to match the show’s theme.

American pianist Myra Melford plays piano during an event. Photo courtesy of Soul Live Project.

American pianist Myra Melford plays the piano during an event. Photo courtesy of Soul Live Project

Tickets cost VND600,000 (US$26) for a VIP slot, which includes a meeting with the artists, while regular tickets fetch VND400,000 ($17) apiece and student tickets are priced at VND360,000 ($15.5) each.

Melford has visited Vietnam before, but this will be the first time she is going to be onstage in the Southeast Asian country.

Melford told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that she feels very excited about this trip to Ho Chi Minh City with her ensemble, who are all eager to bring their music to Vietnamese people.

Since her debut album in 1990, Melford has appeared in more than 30 recordings.

The San Francisco Chronicle described the American piano soloist as an “explosive player, a virtuoso who shocks and soothes, and who can make the piano stand up and do things it doesn't seem to have been designed for.”

Aside from performances, she is currently a professor of music at UC Berkeley in California.

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