Son Nguyen Anh 9: 'My father used to sell bus tickets to support the family' 3

Son Nguyen Anh 9: 'My father used to sell bus tickets to support the family' 3

Musician Nguyen Quang shares memories of his father and the reason he is determined to perform the Nguyen Anh 9 music night in the capital.

– Why did you decide to organize a music night in Hanoi for your father – musician Nguyen Anh 9?

– My father has chronic lung congestion that is getting worse.

For a long time, my father wished to do two music nights at Hanoi Opera House and Ho Chi Minh City.

Musician Nguyen Quang (left) confided that he and his father – musician Nguyen Anh 9 – rarely talk but have a bond through music.

– Given the musician’s illness, why don’t you advise him to rest but also encourage him to do shows?

– My family has advised my father many times not to play the piano too hard.

But when I’m at home, my father is always depressed.

– Since the illness got worse, how has the musician’s mentality changed?

– Besides being sick, as he gets older, my father is quieter than before.

Son Nguyen Anh 9: 'My father used to sell bus tickets to support the family'

Nguyen Anh 9 appears in his son’s eyes as an introverted person, rich in emotions but rarely shows it outwardly.

– How is the relationship between father and son at home and at work?

– Dad and I rarely talk, probably only a few times a month (laughs).

Our relationship is close thanks to music.

What kind of person is musician Nguyen Anh 9 in your eyes?

– My father is an artist, a great father.

I still remember, in 1975, life was still difficult, my father had to sell inter-provincial bus tickets to support the family.

Son Nguyen Anh 9: 'My father used to sell bus tickets to support the family'

Musician Nguyen Quang and his father during a joint performance on stage.

– Which memory with your father is the most unforgettable for you?

– That was when I was 11 years old.

Nguyen Quang is the eldest son of musician Nguyen Anh 9, who once studied and worked in the US.

The Commemorative Music Night was organized by Nguyen Quang on May 16 and 17 in Hanoi, to help musician Nguyen Anh 9 express his love for the capital.

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