Klezmer in Hanoi!

Melia Hotel, Latino Bar – Mon, 12 May, about 8 pm.
Youth Theater – Tues, 13 May, 8 pm

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Apparently tickets are free. So try just showing up at the youth Theater and maybe you’ll get in. Well worth the effort!

Oy Division

Klezmer band plays Hanoi

Don’t know klezmer? You’re in for a treat.

This is Eastern European Jewish music – with voice, accordion, violin, stand-up bass, and clarinet – which somehow manages to be joyful and mournful at the same time.

The band’s repertoire is a mix of instrumental wedding music, folk songs and songs originating in Yiddish theater – old music played with punk exuberance.

On their MySpace blog, Oy Division says:

the members of Oy Division do not adhere to the modern Klezmer style nor do they try to make it contemporary in any way, but rather try to recreate and bring back to life the nearly extinct pre-war Jewish music the way it had been originally performed.

The five group members hail from a variety of musical backgrounds:

  • Eyal Talmudi is a leading inter-national reed player, who regularly tours with the Balkan Beat Box.
  • Noam Inbar is the bass player and lead singer of the experimental Israeli punk band H’Billuyim.
  • Assaf Talmudi is an established record producer and composer, and a lecturer at the Haifa University’s Department of Music.
  • Gershon Leizersohn is a graduate student in the Tel Aviv University’s music department who regularly plays in classical music orchestras.
  • Avichai Tuchman is an independent musician and producer

The band will also conduct a master class for students from the National Musical Academy on the morning of May 13.

The Melia Hotel’s Latino Bar performance is free (except for your bar tab).

Tickets for the Youth Theatre show are available at the theatre,
11 Ngo Thi Nham Street,
Tel: (04) 2409025,
or the Embassy of Israel,
68 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street,
Tel: (04) 8433140

Organized by the Israeli Embassy to Vietnam, Melia Hanoi Hotel and Youth Theater, the shows commemorate the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel and the 15th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Israel.

More info: Thanh Nien, VietNam News

Youth Theater
11 Ngo Thi Nham


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