Famlab Open Session: Saigon Soul Revival
7:30 pm
Saigon - Vietnam
Người Sài Gòn Café
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Open Rehearsal and Discussions

19.30 – 10 May 2019
Café Nguoi Sai Gon – 9 Thai Van Lung, Ben Nghe, D1, HCMC

Free entry
Please register in advance via http://bit.ly/SSR1005 (we will be in touch within three working days of receiving your registration – each registration is for one person)

British Council in Vietnam is delighted to present the next installment of FAMLAB Open Session, a series of showcases for contemporary interpretations of Vietnam’s music/film histories.

Taking place inside a bolero café in a long-established apartment building and utilizing a public-rehearsal format, this FAMLAB Open Session sheds light on a music collective in ever-exciting forward-motion. With its ambitious debut album in the work, SAIGON SOUL REVIVAL is hosting a special, intimate occasion of live music and discussions.

The group will be joined by a cast of collaborators (including Jan Hagenkoetter, the producer behind sister project SAIGON SUPERSOUND), providing stories around the tracks played – some more well-known than others, including decades-old compositions never before recorded, as well as new originals penned by SAIGON SOUL REVIVAL – and unraveling the interwoven ideas and inspirations behind its current multi-media undertakings. There will even be room for audience members to ‘vote’ for their favourite tracks of the evening, in this gallivant into and across the 1960s-1970s Vietnamese popular music in all its incarnations.

SAIGON SOUL REVIVAL is one of the grantees thus far of our FAMLAB Fund initiative (http://bit.ly/FAMLABgranteesEN). We are accepting applications for the current round of the Fund – for further information, please see: http://bit.ly/famlabfund


SAIGON SOUL REVIVAL was formed in 2016 with the intention to preserve and recreate the raw sound and energy of alternative western-influenced Vietnamese music from the 1960s and 70s Saigon while applying new arrangements and interpretations of old Vietnamese songs. With tight grooves, psychedelic textures and a powerful unique sound, SSR has performed countless shows at a variety of venues across the country including major events like Quest, Vibe Nation, and Mui Ne Music & art festivals. They have also been part of Jan Hagenkötter’s internationally acclaimed compilation SAIGON SUPERSOUND release tour and took part in the nationally known Ban Nhạc Việt TV show. SSR has been featured in multiple international periodicals including Saigoneer and Asia Life and has garnered a strong following and presence in the Vietnamese music scene.”