Les Siestes in Vietnam
Les Siestes goes around the world as much as possible and especially tries to reach unusual destinations once a year. So after Congo these past two years, we’ll settle down in Vietnam for some special showcases over there this October.
We’ve been travelling like this not because we’re in search of some kind of exotism. The reason is that we’re trying to push a little bit further the definition of what an electronic festival could be and one of the best ways to do so is to be confronted to different contexts and crowds. These are really enriching experiences!
With the support of the Institut Français and the cooperation of the Musée du quai Branly, we’ll then discover the Vietnamese audience along with Vincent Moon, Laurent Jeanneau and Jean Nipon. As usual a short film we’ll be edited from this journey (see the documentary about Les Siestes in Congo).
Over the past years Les Siestes Electronique has been on a relentless mission to unearth largely unheard gems from across the musical spectrum. Les Siestes Electroniques thus join the famous Musée du quai Branly in Paris to propose an Vietnamese carbon copy of the French festival. Born of a reflection around the themes of the cultural diversity, the project proposes to musicians an exceptional access to the audio collection of the museum (dedicated to non-occidental cultures). These musicians will thus be invited to sample a set of resources of an unsuspected wealth, and then to replay it during an ultimate public event.
The invited artists
• Vincent Moon
Vincent Moon is a filmmaker who started out working for La Blogotheque, a music website which has since become incredibly popular, due in no small part to Moon’s contributions to its Take-Away Shows project. The concept was to create single take film recordings of bands and musicians performing in unusual spaces. The result earned Moon international recognition. After a couple of years, Moon moved on from the Take-Away Shows to work on his own projects, making films for Mogwai, Efterklang, R.E.M, Beirut, The Arcade Fire and The National, before setting up Petites Planetes, a ‘nomadic’ film label which aims to document aural and visual traditions from all around the world.
• Laurent Jeanneau
Laurent Jeanneau is a specialist in field recordings who spent a lot of time in Asia developing his work. A long time practitioner of ethnic field recordings, which he releases on his own label (Kink Gong Records) as well as on Sublime Frequencies, Laurent’s work could be divided in two distinct approaches. Laurent Jeanneau travels to remote regions in order to record tribal sounds that characterize the life of remote ethnic minorities. However, his side project, Kink Gong modifies these recorded sounds in order to create moods and ambiences that translate into unique soundscapes. From the moment Laurent Jeanneau’s collage work reach your ears that your attitude to traditional ‘world’ music will be changed forever. His soundscape approach to so-called ‘world’ music emitted something really unique and captivating.
• Jean Nipon
Jean Nipon is an enigma to say the least. Hardcore drummer, DJ, sells records for two years in Paris at Katapult where he meets DJ Wet with whom he starts Teamtendo (Teamtendo was a duo of giant plushies who played 8-bit-gabber- electro on tricked-out Gameboys). Does some remixes for TTC, Ark, Micronauts, Cosmo Vitelli, Lesbians On Ecstasy, Adam Kesher, David Rubato. Directed three volumes of the DJ-oriented "Eurogirls" vinyl project with Orgasmic. Get involved into the Institubes adventure … If Jean Nipon started out as a drummer, he got into DJing since 1997. It then became something of an art form, and many a reveler remembers his seven-hour sets at Paris Paris where, as a resident, he would play the latest bangers in custom- edited form, plus Prince, Minor Threat, Aphex Twin and the Beastie Boys, Dinosaur Jr and Lio, Pink Floyd and Shellac, My Bloody Valentine and KRS One. What he does with those CD decks... Nobody can touch him.
• Vu Nhat Tan
Composer of orchestral, chamber, piano, and multimedia works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and elsewhere, Vu Nhat Tan is among the leading artists in the field of electronic music and experimental sound art in Vietnam. He also writes about contemporary music and is a lecturer at Vietnam National Academy of Music.
• Nguyen Hong Giang
Noise music composer under the moniker of Writher, keyboard player for the post-rock band Time Keeper, Nguyen Hong Giang is a young and yet talented musician that has interest in many different genres of music.
• Octobre 12 * HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)
Concerts @ Parc Tao Dan * 55C Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1
from 3:00 till 7:00 pm * Free
After Party @ Blanchy’s Tash * 95 Hai Bah Trung, District 1
from 9:00 pm till 2:00 am * Free
(in partnership with Heartbeat Saigon)
• Octobre 13 * HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)
Vincent Moon’s films screening
• Octobre 18 * HANOI
Vincent Moon’s films screening @ Hanoi Rock City * 27 Tô Ngọc Vân
from 7:00 pm * Free
• Octobre 19 * HANOI
Concerts @ Parc Thông Nhât (Reunification park) * Trần Nhân Tông, Lê Duẩn
from 3:00 till 7:00 pm * Free
After Party @ Cama Atk * 73 Mai Hắc Đế
from 8:00 pm * Free
• Octobre 23 * HANOI
Vincent Moon’s Workshop @ Cama Atk * 73 Mai Hắc Đế
from 6:00 till 10:00 pm
(in partnership with The Onion Cellar)