2pm to 4pm
Series: Ethnomusicology Research Seminar Series
The ethnographic film ‘Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh’ investigates the contemporary music scene in Hanoi through a portrait of the controversial band, Dai Lam Linh. With vivid footage of the band working in the city of Hanoi, the film explores the aesthetics of the music of Dai Lam Linh and the challenges of making contemporary music in Vietnam. It documents the process of recording Dai Lam Linh’s debut album from January to April 2009 and features an album-launch concert in the prestigious Hanoi Opera House.
Dai Lam Linh was established by the male composer, Dai, and two female singers, Lam and Linh. Together these three musicians came together to realise their dream of creating an experimental style of popular music that was radically different from the mainstream. The result of their collaboration is a unique form of musical expression, which is both international in outlook and rooted in Vietnamese traditions and aesthetics. Through a portrait of Dai, an ex-soldier who fought in the ‘Vietnam war’, and interviews with other band members, the film provides an insight into the meanings of Dai’s songs and the dynamics and cultural significance of the band. The story of Dai Lam Linh is a story of creative, political and financial struggle, which reveals what it is like to be a contemporary musician in a one-party state where cultural expression is tightly controlled.
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12.00am - 12.00amThursday 25th March 2010