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Francis Tuan is a stage name of Fryderyk Nguyen, who is a musician of Polish and Vietnamese roots. Francis believes that certain things can not be played on a computer. That's why he practices a kind of musical recycling, playing on dusty instruments from the 1960s and 70s and Vietnamese ethnic wonders, employing them to create completely new music, using modern looping techniques among others. Thanks to this, the songs that he performs contain both a note of nostalgia and dance rhythm and the retro sounds co-exist with electronic beats. In his works, Francis Tuan reflects the electrified modernness and finds a place for it in the soul.
In January 2017, he released an EP titled “Poems” containing musical adaptations of works of English language poets, such as E.E. Cummings, William Blake and Robert Frost. The songs have been warmly reviewed by critics and journalists in such media as Szafa Grająca (Jukebox) and Outrave. The leading song “I Thank You God for Most This Amazing” got very good airplay on radio stations throughout Poland. It entered the charts and was voted as the #4 Best Song of 2017 by listeners of Agnieszka Szydłowska’s “Program Alternatywny”. The video to the song can be seen on YouTube and 98% positive reactions do not leave a doubt, that this is a great song.
Francis had already toured across the country and had the opportunity to perform during major Polish festivals, like Spring Break in Poznań, Open’er in Gdynia, Halfway in Białystok, Songwriter's festival in Opole and the FAMA Festival in Świnoujście, where he managed to receive one of the main prizes.
The first single titled "Borders" announcing his debut album was released in the summer of 2019 and by the end of the year, the second single "First Mover" is expected. The album should be released in early 2020.
Francis Tuan took part in the Swedish Live at Heart festival in Orebro, where he was very warmly received and was invited to participate in Canadian Music Week in May 2020 in Toronto.
Besides playing the guitar and keyboards, he uses such Vietnamese instruments as đàn nguyệt and đàn tỳ bà, and on stage, he’s accompanied by:
Ajda Wyglądacz – bass guitar, vocals
Paweł Drygas – drums, percussion, sampler.
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