Concert to feature the Australian range
by Thanh Huyeàn
HAØ NOÄI The capital next Monday will hear music
from Australia ranging from atmospheric and ambient sounds through full
scale romps and frenzied fun.
Bringing the works to the concert hall is the six member Australian
band My Friend the Chocolate Cake, consisting of David Bridie
piano and vocals, Helen Mountfort cello and vocals, Hope Csutoros
violin, Andrew Carswell mandolin, Greg Patten drums,
and Dean Addison double bass.
The concert is part of the celebrations for Australian National Day
The band will play material from their three recorded albums, the first
self titled one, the second called Brood, and Good Luck, their third
record, plus some new material which the band are working on now for
their next album.
"They (the songs) have an Australian perspective dealing with the
sense of space in the landscape, our political history, personalities
I have met old people, strange people, and people with something
to say," David Bridie, head of the band, told Vieät Nam News.
The bands sound at times has a sad atmosphere, a feeling of space,
the rollicking big bang sound of a wild Hungarian wedding dance, or
big belting rock instrumental sound.
"It is all over the place and we like it that way. There will be
dancing and crying but not at the same time," says Bridie.
Performing in Haø Noäi, My Friend the Chocolate Cake expects
to share their musical moods with Vietnamese audiences.
"Wed like to learn something, observe and soak ourselves
in a new city and people," Bridie told Vieät Nam News.
"Melbourne, where we are from, has a very large Vietnamese population.
And this has brought a strong cultural shift to Melbourne City. We look
forward to soaking in the real Vieät Nam."
And "maybe we will write some new songs based around our Haø
My Friend the Chocolate Cake was founded by David Bridie and Helen Mountfort,
who are former members of Not Drowning Waving. The idea of launching
the band began when David took a holiday in New Zealand and wrote a
collection of songs that did not fit into Not Drowning Wavings
He and Helen then began My Friend the Chocolate Cake with the intention
of playing all acoustic music. From the inception, the band emerged
as an enjoyable ensemble, as musical friends and colleagues came together
one by one to form their unique sound.
Bridie told Vieät Nam News that there is quite a diversity in the
band with different perspectives on music.
Bridie was a rock musician who dabbled in film making. Helen Mountfort
and Hope Csutoros both come from a classical and theatre background,
Csutoros also has a Hungarian Gypsy background and her playing has a
wild flowing lean to it. Andrew Carswell has more of a folk background
but has also played in rock bands, while Greg Patten has a funk dance
background and Dean Addison plays anything from swing, jazz and blues.
"But in My Friend the Chocolate Cake, it all moulds into a definite
Cake sound, one that centres around melody, texture and atmosphere generated
from acoustic instruments around the songs and lyrics," said Bridie.
Influences on the music composed by the Australian band are broad.
"The instrumentation draws from classical, rock and folk and the
bands sound draws on those influences and a whole lot more,"
After their performance in Haø Noäi, the Australian band
plan to play in America and Europe.
My Friend the Chocolate Cake will perform next Monday at the Haø
Noäi Circus in Lenin Park on Traàn Nhaân Toâng
Apart from the main show, the band will perform during the annual Australian
Family Picnic this Sunday at the American Club at 21 Hai Baø
Tröng Street, along with some didgeridoo playing and the laid back
sophistication of Quyeàn Vaên Minhs jazz at his club
at Löông Vaên Can Street next Thursday.
Tickets for the main show are free of charge at the Australian embassy.VNS
Taken from Viet Nam News