Time: 19.00 to 22.00 on the
18th, 19th, 20th, 21st of April 2015
Venue for workshop: Nr.3 Alley 61 Lương Ngọc Quyến, Hanoi, Vietnam

“Parallel Asteroid”: Two musicians, two styles, one vision. The duo combines experimental, acoustic sounds with free form improvisations. The musicians are Cao Thanh Lan originally from Hanoi, Vietnam at the piano, prepared piano, objects and Gregor Siedl from Austria on saxophone and Game Calls.

Cao Thanh Lan has a strong classical and contemporary music background and Gregor Siedl is a jazz musician with roots in improvised and experimental music. Their common ground is free improvisation with vigorous use of extended techniques and new forms of expression. The duo is actively connected to the thriving music scenes of Vienna, Berlin, Cologne and Brussels. The project with DOMDOM is the follow up of an exciting workshop and concert period in February 2014. The continuation of the Parallel Asteroid and DOMDOM Hanoi is a chance to deepen the artistic connection and expand the cultural exchange between the two ensembles.
In this workshop phase various musical approaches, historical foundations, selected contemporary- and experimental music and their relevance to improvised music. Conceptual improvisation, alternative notation and extended instrumental playing techniques will be introduced to the participants. Through practice sessions making use of conceptual improvisation, group settings of different instrumentation and performance ideas will be formed.

The focus of the workshop will be on instant composition, extended techniques, interactive performance skills, aesthetic viewpoints, socio-cultural considerations and background knowledge on selected influential contemporary composers.

This workshop is especially organized for the advanced improvisation class of Domdom but also open to selected young musicians and composers who are passionate about experimental music and have experience with improvisation and have participated in previous courses/ workshops of Domdom. This workshop is totally FREE of charge. Feel free to enroll in the workshop before 16/04/2015 at:

Cao Thanh Lan – the only Vietnamese pianist who is specialized in classical contemporary music (graduated from Cologne Conservatory Germany with Highest Distinction in the Master program of New Music). She participated in world famous festivals of contemporary music, amongst others Manifest at Ircam Paris, Klangspuren and Impuls in Austria, Strom Festival in Germany, etc.

Gregor Siedl is an Austrian musician with a background in jazz music who is also an expert in using instrumental extended techniques. He has won several prizes at prestigious international jazz competitions and has released numerous recordings as well as performed in many festivals in Europe and in Asia.

* Further information about this workshop will be given in the next announcement.

– Concert: 22/04/2015- 8pm
At: L’Espace – Institut francais – 24 Trang Tien, Hanoi, Vietnam

– Concert and meeting the artists: 01/05/2015- 8pm
At: Manzi Art Space 14 Phan Huy Ích