Saigon Soul Revival has been bringing alternative pre ’75 music from Saigon back to the stage since 2016 with their live performances. Honoring the original composers, singers and the golden era from which this music (Nhạc Vàng) came while applying new arrangements and interpretations of old Vietnamese songs. The core of the band includes 5 members consisting of
- Nguyễn Anh Minh (vocal)
- Indy Jeremy Vinh Laville (guitar
- Nguyễn Hương Bảo Hiếu (drums)
- Gabriel Kaouros (bass)
- Trần Nam Kỳ (keys)
With tight grooves, psychedelic textures and a powerful unique sound, Saigon Soul Revival has performed countless shows at a variety of venues across Vietnam, including major events like Quest Festival, Vibe Nation and Mui Ne Music & Art festivals.
All members of the band are of Vietnamese background or have a strong connection to its culture and heritage through loved ones and their time spent in the country.
NGUYỄN H. B. HIẾU
Having studied percussion at the HCMC Conservatory of Music, Nguyễn Hương Bảo Hiếu is the only classically trained member of the band and a household name in the industry. After many years of professional experience, Hiếu is now a well established session drummer. He has recorded on several projects and performed in numerous bands and shows for well known Vietnamese artists and major TV productions. With strong influences of rock and funk, Hieu’s powerful and modern style contributes to the band’s contemporary sound.
Born in France to a Vietnamese mother and a French father and having lived a significant amount of his life in Vietnam, Indy Laville encapsulates a mix of both Western and Asian cultures. As a versatile musician, Indy makes a conscious effort to emulate the iconic guitar sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, while at the same time utilizing qualities of Vietnamese traditional music and adding his own personal touch to give Saigon Soul revival a more distinctive and unique sound.
NGUYỄN ÁNH MINH
Hang, better known by her stage name “Minh”, is known as one of the hardest working singers in Saigon. Having performed in a variety of venues and productions around the country, Minh demonstrates her impressive musical versatility by performing a wide range of styles from sweet soulful pre 1975 Viet style bolero to headbanging rock anthems. With a deep knowledge of Vietnamese golden era (nhạc vàng) music and a powerful stage presence, Minh gives the band its authentic sound and always delivers an electrifying performance.
Cypriot multi-instumentalist, Gabriel Kaouros, has played in numerous bands around the globe, showing his passion and diversity as an active musician. Living in Vietnam since 2014, Gabriel has been a driving force in the underground music scene as a key member of several bands. As the bassist and band leader of Saigon Soul Revival, Gabriel strives to lay down the groove while curating a productive environment to create this soulful music that represents the people and heritage of the country he has grown to love and call “his home”.
NAM KY TRAN
Danish-Vietnamese keyboardist, Trần Nam Kỳ, was born in Vietnam and left with his family at the age of 6 to end up in Denmark, where he grew up. His main occupation is design and concept development, but he started his musical jorney, since he was 13. A man of many talents, Ky has been active in several communities in Scandinavia and Vietnam as a songwriter, music producer and musician. Ky (with Hieu as partner) continues to follow his passion to support the arts with the alternative music school, “Musicology”, located in District 2, HCMC.
Sponsors & Friends
Saigon Soul Revival is supported by the British Council under the FAMLAB Fund initiative. FAMLAB Fund provides grants packages to projects that seek to engage with Vietnamese music and film heritage through contemporary mediums. The Fund is open to Vietnam- and UK-based practitioners, initiatives and organisations of any creative or artistic discipline that can deliver long-term benefits for communities across cultural heritage and contemporary art forms, and demonstrate innovative new ways of interacting with audiences.