French 100-year-old musical instrument to be introduced to Hanoians

Friday, 2019-01-11 11:49:37
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Artist Guilhem Desq with his electric hurdy gurdy
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NDO – French talented artist Guilhem Desq will give a solo performance at the French Cultural Centre - L'Espace on January 19, promising to delight Hanoians with an electric hurdy-gurdy – a thousand-year-old musical instrument of France.

At the performance, Guilhem Desq will introduce works composed by himself, bringing innovation to this unique instrument.

Hurdy-gurdy is a stringed instrument that produces sound as the strings rub against a wooden wheel. The players use one hand to operate the wheel and another to move on the keyboard like playing piano.

Some artists continue to explore the original hurdy-gurdy, while many others are transforming it into an electric version in line with contemporary composition.

Guilhem Desq’s father was an artisan manipulating hurdy-gurdy, so he was in touch with this instrument since he was very young. With only an electric hurdy-gurdy, the talented artist seems to bring an orchestra to the strage.

Tickets are available at L’Espace.