(Hanoi) Bordering Practice Call Back from Hanoi— Pop & Electronic Sounds in Asia

The Japan Foundation proudly presents a series of electronic music called “Bordering Practice: Call Back from Hanoi— Pop & Electronic Sounds in Asia” featuring artists from Vietnam, Japan, Philippines, from March 14 to 16 in Ho Chi Minh city and Hanoi.


The music scene has undergone rapid change ushered in by the spread of the Internet. Innovations affecting how music is produced, changes to the ways in which we listen to music, and the emergence of bottom-up scenes through social media have led to new musical cultures online as well as reciprocal cultural influences that transcend national and territorial borders. This program focuses on these post-internet conditions in expression and culture, endeavoring to form partnerships with local labels in the cities featured and cultivate a new scene (that is, an environment in which artistic expression can appear). In order to detect the idiosyncrasies and commonalities within each community, the project intentionally draws “borders” and then joins them up, uncovering contemporary glocal (simultaneously global and local) scenes that transcend geography.


Part of the Japan Foundation Asia Center’s media art exchange program launched in 2016, Bordering Practice is a project that encourages interchange among the next generation of talent with a focus on technology-driven creativity and the electronic music scene that has witnessed exciting growth in Asia through collaborations between local artists. In March 2019, Japanese, Filipino, and Indonesian artists will take part in a residency in Jakarta where they will produce work together, followed by a live performance tour to Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi. Along with taking the concerts previously held at Manila and Tokyo to three cities and forging exchange with new communities, the program aspires to build a platform that can further develop this network. Expanding the elements of exchange, sharing, and collaboration already initiated, Bordering Practice will create and disseminate new music and video content, in the process making a model for future collaboration between up-and-coming artists in Asia that can continue after the end of the project.


The last stop on the Bordering Practice performance tour is Hanoi, which will host a series of events in the form of talks, workshops, and a showcase that aims to facilitate exchange between Hanoi’s next generation of musicians and listeners as well as musicians based in Tokyo and Manila. Through this intersection of Hanoi, where new cultural activities continue to expand and evolve, with Tokyo and Manila, where diverse cultures mix and resonate, the program will examine their commonalties and distinctions relatively, and consider visions for the music activities in each of the cities.

[Hanoi] The program series in Hanoi is divided into 3 different sessions as below:


Session 1: Friday 15/3: From 19:30 

 Report Presentation of Bordering Practice project scince 2016

Producers, musicians share their experiences on this project and electronic music scene in ASEAN countries.

Panelists: tomad, Jun Yokoyama, similarobjects, Tenkitsune

Language: English, Vietnamese (with English – Vietnamese interpreting)

Capacity: 30 seats

Free entrance, no tickets or pre-registration required.


Session 2: Saturday 16/3: 9:00 – 12:00

Demonstration & Workshop of electronic music

Lecturers: Tenkitsune, Tomggg, similarobjects

Only for the invited. Not open to the public.


Session 3: Saturday 16/3: 14:00 – 19:00

Music Showcase

Artists: Tenkitsune, TGSN, Monotape, PARKGOLF, Tomggg, Tohji, similarobjects

Free entrance, no tickets or pre-registration required.


Venue:  The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

27 Quang Trung, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội


The performance in Ho Chi Minh city is held from 19:00, March 14th (Thursday) at The Light House (6th floor, 104 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Quận 1). For any inquiries regarding this performance, please contact directly to The Lab Saigon.



tomad (Organizer, DJ / Head of Maltine Records)tomad_photo

Launching the online record label Maltine Records in 2005 when he was just 15 years old, tomad has 170 releases to his name. Maltine Records has gained attention as a leading symbol for the new dance-pop music scene and as the image of his generation in Tokyo. He has held events in Manila (Philippines), China, and New York. He has also produced songs for foreign artists. In 2015, he published Maltine Book (Switch publishing), which brings together the activities of the label, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the label’s founding.



tomgggTomggg (Track maker / Music producer)

Born in 1988, Tomggg completed a graduate degree at Kunitachi College of Music with a major in composition studies. His work employs dramatic development and a jingly sound to create music that is buoyant and fun. He has enjoyed long relationships with the music distribution platform SoundCloud and netlabel Maltine Records, releasing “Butter Sugar Cream” and “Art Nature” in, respectively, 2015 and 2016 as both online and physical releases. Tomggg has collaborated with numerous overseas artists including Ryan Hemsworth or Slow Magic. Active as a producer for singers, remixer for idol songs, and composer for advertisements, his work boldly transcends borders of genre, field, and nation.



PARKGOLF (Beatmaker, Producer)Untitled

Born in the Hokkaido capital of Sapporo, Japan, PARKGOLF started making music professionally in 2012. He attracted attention with his release on the netlabel Maltine Records in 2013. In 2015, he released his first album “Par” on Day Tripper Records. “Kiss Me,” his first online release, reached the top of the iTunes electronic music chart. His wide-ranging career has included producing the major label debut by DAOKO as well as supplying tracks for a variety of artists. In 2017, he released his second album, “REO.” In 2018, he released “xaradise” in collaboration with the South Korean rapper Jvcki Wai.



TohjiTohji (Rapper)

Born in London and grew up in the suburb of Yokohama. After dropping out of high school, he started recording his own music, collaborating with rappers, producers worldwide. His popularity transcends over the hip hop scene, spreads among the young generation in Tokyo. Apart from producing music, he is also known to be a videographer (video artist) and have directed all his music videos himself. His works like “EP9.97”, “Mall Boyz” has gone viral on the online-based streaming services like Apple Music Japan or Spotify.







Tenkitsune (Music producer / DJ)Tenkitsune_profilePhoto

Trịnh Nhật Quang, better known as Tenkitsune, is a 21-year-old producer born and raised in Vietnam whose extensive credits include work with such groups as FOGPAK, Tiny Waves, the Tokyo-based TREKKIE TRAX, and Warner Music Group. Having taken the SoundCloud world by storm, Tenkitsune’s rise to global recognition as a prominent figure in the forward-thinking melodic electronic music scene has only just begun. With his releases like “Animal Friends” and “Kittens Express,” Tenkitsune has amassed millions of plays through various labels and promotional channels worldwide, paving the way for future bass producers everywhere.



UntitledMonotape (Music producer / DJ)

Monotape is Vietnam’s brightest rising star in electronic music. The 20-year-old Hanoi native has received support from Vietnam’s biggest DJs and producers, including SlimV, Nimbia, GETLOOZE, and DUYTUAN. His bootlegs and remixes for tracks such as “FUN” (Kaskade, BROHUG, Mr. Tape ft. Madge) or “Like I Do” (Martin Garrix, David Guetta & Brooks) attracted great coverage from both domestic and international media outlets, including dancingastronaut.com, loopcentral.net, and XONE Radio. Influenced by the timeless elegance of house music and the futuristic, industrial musical elements of the present, Monotape has established his signature sound and is ready to represent Vietnam’s newest wave of electronic music talent.




TGSN (Music producer / Performer / CDSL Art Collective)Untitled 1

Everything began in 2016 when Tung Son Ngo (aka TGSN) started researching FL Studio on YouTube. After that, he met an old friend from high school, the music producer Nam Khanh Le (aka itsnk), who introduced Ableton Live to him. A few practice sessions later, he realized that the digital audio workstation was ideal for the way he worked. He decided to switch from FL Studio to Ableton Live and started producing music for his friend’s tracks. He released two singles in 2018, “The Space Between Us” and “Lollipop,” as collaborations with local artists Nân, Ngơ, and hairan. TGSN’s music is characterized primarily by two consistent components: a sense of the unique and the simple.




Similarobjects (Sound artist / DJ / Head of Buwan Buwan Collective)

Jorge Juan B. Wieneke (aka similarobjects) is an electronic music educator and producer from Manila, the Philippines. Seeking to aurally express the intersection of video games and art by utilizing the theoretical frameworks of polystylism, spirituality, and the esoteric, he reaches into the depths of the present day with older, almost-forgotten cultural lenses. His soundscapes fluctuate between contemporary chaos and the distant, hypnotic cries of nature. He also teaches at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, and founded his own music school, Cosmic Sonic Arts, where he fosters a spiritual approach to creating music.


For inquiries regarding the program in Hanoi, please contact:

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

27 Quang Trung, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Việt Nam

TEL: 024-3944-7419    www.jpf.org.vn


Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/323270421652556/

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