The Touch of Masters' Hands: The Vietnamese Authentic Cultural Show

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The Touch of Masters' Hands: The Vietnamese Authentic Cultural Show

The Touch of Masters' Hands: The Vietnamese Authentic Cultural Show
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When it comes to a professional-grade and authentic Vietnamese traditional art show in HCMC, The Touch of Masters' Hands show has become a must-come venue for all art-lovers in town. Whether you're new to Vietnam, a returning-traveler who like to discover the hidden charm of Vietnamese culture, you'll find here the whole world of the different mesmerizing sound from Vietnamese traditional instruments, such as Dan Tranh (Vietnamese Zither), Dan Bau (Monochord), Sao (Vietnamese Flute), Dan Nhi (Vietnamese Fiddle), T'Rung (Bamboo Xylophone), Cong (Gongs) and beauty of vocal and traditional dance waiting for you in an 28-seat small yet intimate place in the heart of Saigon.
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Katie C
Portsmouth32 contributions
Fabulous
The show was really great, all the different songs from the different regions with little explanations on the instruments and the songs.

The show also showed us a tea making ceremony and a traditional religious ceremony along with music.

Each instrument was given its own song to be the fore runner of and there was some singing and dancing too.

Then near the end we were all given percussion instruments and taught how to sing a few words in Vietnamese to a traditional song. Very fun audience participation.

The performers where all great and showed real talent and passion musically.

Afterwards you could get photos with the musicians and even try the instruments yourself!

Both my boyfriend, who is a music professor , and I both loved this show. The intimate setting in the music shop with twenty audience members made this feel so much more special. The handing out of traditional teas and snacks as well as 'lucky red bags' were a nice touch. And hearing ABBA on a Vietnamese zither was cool.

Highly recommended.
Written July 31, 2014
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Sandy D
Inverness, UK38 contributions
Nice traditional Vietnamese music
Jun 2014 • Family
The actual music and dancing was very good, however too much time was spent talking about the show. I would have preferred less talk and more music.
I have to agree with the comments made by "turine". Having said all that I will be going back again but at a discounted price from the teaching school I will be attending in July.
I was allowed to record the show using my camera with no hassle.
The show was fully booked with 30 seats being filled.
I was able to speak with the musicians after the show.
Overall a nice, friendly experience.
Written June 20, 2014
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turine
Edinburgh, UK48 contributions
OK for a glimpse of Vietnamese folk music, but very amateur
Apr 2014 • Couples
The show tries to put together many traditional pieces of Vietnamese folk music from various regions. It clearly aims at foreigners, tourists who are unfamilar with Vietnamese music. It shows the show makers' effort to bring Vietnamese culture to tourists, but done amateurly. The performers are certainly not top artists as they claim themselves. The art direction is very poor. Overall, it's over-priced and absolutely doesn't reflect the 'masters hands' in Vietnamese music.
Written May 26, 2014
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Vân Anh T
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Bring me the real soul of Vietnam
May 2014 • Solo
Very amazing. But I think there were something missing, maybe that was not a large space for the show.
Written May 20, 2014
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Lylybui
3 contributions
I love this show
Feb 2014 • Friends
Highly recommend. I really like this amazing show which has a deep explanation in each performance and i love the way they show me how to play many types of Vietnamese instrument.
Good price also.
Written April 30, 2014
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Vybuida
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1 contribution
Must see
Apr 2014 • Family
Totally impressive. Even though i am a Vietnamese, this made me understand more about my country traditional music. The show was amazing.
Written April 30, 2014
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Julian09
Republic, WA152 contributions
Traditional Vietnamese Music and Dance Performed in an Intimate Venue
Apr 2014 • Friends
I stumbled upon this unique little place while walking on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai st. in District 1. The front of the shop features guitars, ukuleles and traditional Vietnamese instruments like the Vietnamese zither. It was only after I walked in that I discovered the shop turns into a small theater every Wednesday and Saturday night, complete with red stage curtains, stage lights and a troupe of musicians, singers and dancers ready to entertain an audience.

Only seating maybe 25 or 30 people, at most, this intimate venue was perfect to get a close-up view of how real musicians play traditional instruments. This place features the real deal, that is actual serious musicians and performers who not only are skilled but who also obviously care deeply about their musical traditions.

The performance begins with a master of ceremonies who speaks English and who is also the son of the Master performer, Phuong Bao. He does an excellent job of explaining what instruments and musical influences will be presented (music from specific parts of the country). Along with the music, the audience is served tea and sweet snacks that correspond to the region from which the particular music being played.It was brilliant!

The performance began at 7:30 and ran a little over an hour. At the end of the formal performance, the audience was invited to try out a small percussion instrument and, under the direction of of the musicians, play along with a song. This was followed by the opportunity to try out the instruments on stage as well as take photos with the performers.

I have seen other so-called 'traditional' performances, but I haven't seen anything like this. I loved the small venue. I loved the skill level of the performers, the costumes and,once again, their clear love of the music. Definitely call for reservations and sit in the front.

They have booking online, but I was unable to pay through their website. They said they were working on getting that problem resolved. This wouldn't be a great activity for small children, or anyone who has a hard time sitting through a performance for an hour without talking.

I believe I read in their brochure that you can also take lessons on one of these instruments, if you're interested, as well as book special group performances here. We paid approx equivalent of $15usd each for the performance. What a treat!
Written April 14, 2014
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