Kenny G to perform in Hanoi

By Ha Thu   October 10, 2023 | 04:40 am PT
American saxophonist Kenny G has confirmed that he will perform at the “Good Morning Vietnam” concert, set to take place at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on November 14.
Saxophonist Kenny G. Photo from Kenny Gs Facebook

Saxophonist Kenny G. Photo from Kenny G's Facebook

He will also visit the capital’s tourist attractions and meet the press on November 13, as well as meet members of the audience after the concert.

This marks the artist’s second time performing in Vietnam, upon the invitation from Nhan Dan newspaper, the "Good Morning Vietnam" concert’s initiator.

He is set to play some of his most representative tracks, including "Forever in Love," "Songbird," and "Havana."

The artist said the tracks were rearranged to better fit the Vietnamese audience’s taste. He was also working on making a jazz cover of a Vietnamese traditional folk song.

Nguyen Thuy Duong, the event’s executive producer, said the organizers received many requirements regarding the sound and lighting systems from the artist. To meet these requirements, the organizers had to rent and deliver two mixers from Japan to Vietnam to use in the concert.

The artist will also reportedly bring his band to Vietnam, as he has never hired local orchestras or artists to support his performances, in order to guarantee performance quality.

Le Quoc Minh, Nhan Dan newspaper’s editor-in-chief and head of the event steering committee, said the concert organizers had contacted various international artists, and Kenny G was the only one that had his schedule fit.

The concert ticket prices have not been revealed, and the revenue from ticket sales will be spent on charity activities.

Born Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, Kenny G, 67, started playing the saxophone aged 10.

He began his professional music career as an orchestra sideman at age 17, and debuted as a solo artist aged 26.

With 75 million records sold globally, Kenny G is one of the best-selling artists of all time.

He performed in Vietnam for the first time in 2018 as part of his "Brazilian Nights" album’s promotional tour.

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