Australian Embassy

Media Release - 31/3/2014

DeepBlue set to change Vietnamese perceptions of orchestra


DeepBlue will showcase their unique brand of orchestra for in Hanoi on 8 April before traveling to the Hue Festival. Their show Who Are You is charged with emotion and engagement. It's fun, dynamic, entertaining and rule-breaking. Audiences don't have to know when to clap and when to be quiet... they can just enjoy the show.

One of the finalists on Australia’s Got Talent in 2011, DeepBlue is part band, part orchestra and part theatre. It marries the traditional string section of the orchestra with a 5th section - digital and electronics. It is a rich mix of classical, pop and film music delivered with magnificent sound, lighting, images and stories. DeepBlue has broken free from the constraints of a traditional orchestra to provide an interactive and audience-driven experience.

Greta Kelly, DeepBlue violinist shared “It’s such our honour to be invited to perform at the Opening Ceremony of Hue Festival 2014. We also feel privileged to have 3 shows at Tay Thai Hoa and Cung An Dinh stages at festival prime time. We very much look forward to this international cultural exchange in this beautiful, ancient city.”

“Besides performing at the Hue Festival, the Australian Embassy is pleased to present DeepBlue at the Voice of Vietnam theatre so that people in Hanoi have a chance to enjoy their unique show. We are also organising two workshops with Vietnamese and international music students in Hanoi. We hope that DeepBlue’s performances will encourage young musicians to explore new and creative ways to perform.” said HE Mr Hugh Borrowman, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam.

DeepBlue, Australia's string-rock sensation, remix originals, pieces from around the world and Aussie classics with lush strings, big beats and rock n' roll. There's no conductor, there's no music stands for the performers to hide behind, it's all about performing and allowing the audience to get a more intimate sense of the music. The visual and theatrical elements interact with the music and through the performers to make up the total DeepBlue experience.

DeepBlue has a unique way of communicating with audiences using their ground-breaking web app, the Electronic Show Programme (ESP). Audiences use mobile devices to access the ESP that is full of information about DeepBlue’s music and opportunities to communicate their feelings about the Who Are You show and to share who they are. Using this they received 10,000 responses (1 every 2 seconds) in their recent Brisbane shows.

Detailed information about DeepBlue is attached to this media release. For more information, please contact Ms Viet Anh, Cultural Events and Media Liaison Officer of the Australia Embassy at [email protected] or +84 903 423 440.