Dzô! SCM Jazz in Vietnam, 2022 & 2023 exhibition and concert

Six musicians on stage in front of an audience


For the past two years, a group of outstanding Sydney Conservatorium of Music jazz students have travelled to Hanoi in October to spend a week in residence at the Vietnam National Academy of Music. The trip is organised by Dr Steve Barry, Program Lead for Jazz at the Conservatorium and multi-award winning pianist, Hammond organist, composer and improviser. 

During this trip, students engage in a series of workshops, masterclasses and collaborative ensembles with Vietnamese peers, alongside an immersive itinerary of art, music and cultural activities.

The partnership reached new heights in 2023, featuring a sold-out show in the Academy’s 800-seat Grand Concert Hall in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Australia-Vietnam diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of the Academy’s jazz department.

The display Dzô! SCM Jazz in Vietnam, 2022 & 2023 celebrates both the Conservatorium’s work in Vietnam in recent years and the expanding community of musicians working at the intersection of traditional and contemporary approaches to music making between Australia and Vietnam – where improvisation, notated and historical practice collide in emergent, co-creative new art.

This exhibition will be on from Friday 22 March until Wednesday 29 May 2024.  

Dr Steve Barry installing the exhibition at the Conservatorium Library


In addition to the exhibition, a concert was held on Thursday 18 April at the Conservatorium. The concert drew an audience of over 100 individuals, including the Consul General of Vietnam and his wife. Anna Reid, the Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, commenced the event by offering an Acknowledgment of Country and introducing the proceedings. Live music blending traditional and contemporary genres from both Australia and Vietnam filled the air.

During the concert, Dr Steve shared insights from his research and recounted his recent trip to Vietnam with his students. The audience was captivated by the beautiful performances and deeply appreciated the performers' skillful execution and evident passion for music. Moreover, they marveled at the musicians' exploration of the fusion between Eastern and Western musical traditions.

Philip Kent, the University Librarian, expressed gratitude for the collaboration between the Conservatorium and the Library, extending thanks to all attendees and contributors to the concert's success. He also extended an invitation to explore the exhibition and indulge in Vietnamese-style catering, making the evening truly delightful for all involved.

The concert was recorded and is available to view below and on YouTube.

Performers at the Dzo concert on stage
Group of people standing in a concert hall, smiling at the camera