Bong Bay Do © The Onion Cellar

Sun, 05.07.2020


Trang Tien Str. 24


Films produced by the Vietnam Animation Studio
SƠN TINH, THỦY TINH (director - Trương Qua, 1972)
GIẤC MƠ BAY (director- Hữu Đức, 1976)
À! RA THẾ… (director - Nghiêm Dung, 1981)
BƯỚC NGOẶT (director - Ngô Mạnh Lân, 1982)
BẢN NHẠC CỦA THỎ TRẮNG (director - Minh Trí & Phương Hoa, 2001)


The Onion Cellar and TPD Centre are delighted to present Red Balloons – a special cine-concert re-scoring five Vietnamese animation films produced across the 1960s–2000s.
Taken as a whole, the newly-commissioned soundtracks propose a diversity of contemporary sonic approaches – activating new dynamics between images and sounds and shedding light into a much-overlooked terrain of Vietnam’s screen heritage. Covering upbeat electronics, textured ambient, piano magic, indigenous instrumentation and more, the programme introduces a crop of talent from alternative-music scenes of Hanoi and HCMC.
Red Balloons is part of Like the Moon in a Night Sky, a project initiated and realised by TPD Centre in June & July 2020 around Vietnamese cinema past, present and future.
Supported by the Vietnam Film Institute, British Council Vietnam, L’Espace Hanoi, Goethe-Institut Hanoi, The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam and Dogma Collection.

Ly Trang © Ly Trang Lý Trang is a sound designer and composer  whose work explores artistic versatility and alternative approaches to creativity. She creates sounds by taking advantage of technology – in tandem with instruments and field recordings of traditional musics and nature, which are rich in textures, progress and singularity. Wildly inventive and philosophically intuitive, Trang’s work opens a door to illusion of images and colors, originated from imaginary visualizations that she finds as cultural substratum. Trang has worked extensively with sound/visual artists and independent filmmakers in Vietnam and internationally.

Trịnh Nhật Quang © Trịnh Nhật Quang Trịnh Nhật Quang, better known as Tenkitsune, is a 22-year-old producer born and raised in Vietnam whose extensive credits include work with such groups as FOGPAK, Tiny Waves, the Tokyo-based TREKKIE TRAX, and Warner Music Group. Having taken the SoundCloud world by storm, Tenkitsune’s rise to global recognition as a prominent figure in the forward-thinking melodic electronic music scene has only just begun. With his releases like ‘Animal Friends’ and ‘Kittens Express,’ Tenkitsune has amassed millions of plays through various labels and promotional channels worldwide, paving the way for future bass producers everywhere.

Junichi Usui © Junichi Usui Junichi Usui born in 1977, Junichi Usui is a HCMC-based multi-instrumentalist. Hailing from the deepest of the Japanese underground in which he honed his craft across music circles as diverse as noise, jazz, free-improv, metal, and traditional music. Since 2014, Junichi has been travelling extensively, with a particular focus in South East Asia as well as the region’s many incarnations of indigenous music. His ongoing tenure in Vietnam has seen him carry out research and learn music in the Central Highlands, Cham ritual music, North West woodwind, amongst others. His versatille interests and skills lend Junichi a unique playing style as explosive as it is undefinable.

Trần Uy Đức © Trần Uy Đức Trần Uy Đức is an emerging Vietnamese multi-media artist whose music combines rapping, glitch, noise and arrays of industrial percussions. He’s also a member of the Hanoi-based artists’ collective Mơ Hỏi Mở.

Nguyễn Ngọc Tú. © Nguyễn Ngọc Tú Nguyễn Ngọc Tú
is a classically-trained composer who writes for orchestras, ensembles and solists, currently experimenting with various contexts: from re-interpreting Trịnh Công Sơn, scoring films and multi-media performances, to exploring traditional Vietnamese musics.
   Performing Nguyễn Ngọc Tú’s piece at the cine-concert Red Balloons will be
Nguyễn Quỳnh Trang: keyboard
Đào Tuyết Trinh: cello
Phan Đỗ Phúc: cello Nguyễn Thị Vân Hạnh: violin
Nguyễn Vinh: piano, laptop

MINH NGUYỄN © MINH NGUYỄN ĐĂNG TÙNG © ĐĂNG TÙNG Formerly/presently part of underground rockbands of Hanoi (including Bluemato and Phác Họa Xanh), when performing solo – or together – Minh Nguyễn and Đăng Tùng are interested in softer and more experimental textures. In a looping state of mind, the weaving together of elements gradually makes manifest a rich and dreamy soundscape of piano, guitar, electronics and beats, with a seemingly boundless sense of spontaneity and freedom.