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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday 22nd January 2015


Krom Monster is an experimental musical fusion of traditional Khmer instruments with electronically-produced sounds. Sour Vanna on Gong Tum (an array of cymbals arranged in a circle), Chamroeun Phan on Tro Sao (a bowed, violin-like instrument) and Lun Panith on Ksae Diew (a plucked string attached to a half-shell) combine with avant-garde electronica music produced by David Gunn (on his laptop). The band, not to be confused with Phnom Penh based 'noir' group Krom, will be performing a brace of concerts at Meta House this week. Check out the Vimeo and Soundcloud links below. The highly atmospheric and captivating music of Krom Monster can be heard live at Meta this coming Friday and again on Wednesday.

https://soundcloud.com/incidental/sets/krom-monster-versions

Amanda Bloom is celebrating the completion of her second album, entitled Atlas - Journey of Hope, with a special show at FCC – The Mansion on Saturday night. Amanda is a completely original artist – combining virtuoso piano and vocal skills on her own classical-world-fusion compositions. She is joined at the concert by regular collaborators Tara Mar (cello), Michele Bowen (bassoon) and Malaysian drumming legend Lewis Pragasam (percussion). Amanda told Leng Pleng:

"I'm really excited to be playing with my trio again after a really hectic year. We've all been off doing various things... Michele had a baby, I went to Nashville and India... this is a really special gig for us to be back together again and doing what we love the most... playing for audiences."


As a bonus, Amanda has persuaded Conrad Keely (of U.S. band ...Trail of Dead) to give a rare solo piano set and superb newcomer Clayton England to perform some of his original compositions. This gig has all the makings of a great Phnom Penh night: a group of incredibly good musicians hailing from several different countries, playing new and inspired original music, in an evocative outdoor setting.

Julien Poulson of The Cambodian Space Project (CSP) has been busy in Kampot over the last few weeks, transforming an old building into the home of KAMA (Kampot Arts and Music Association). Never one to sit idle for more than thirty seconds at a time, Julien has also found time to form a new band, The Bokor Mountain Magic Band, before the return of CSP for their upcoming 5th Anniversary shows. In Julien's own words:

KAMA is a new initiative to nurture, mentor, promote and present contemporary artists and musicians in Cambodia and abroad. We're creating a great venue space and an annual program as well as fund raising via Indie Go Go to make all this happen... Out of KAMA, we also have a brand new act called The Bokor Mountain Magic Band... preparing to première in Phnom Penh on Saturday at the Latin Quarter.”
Still image from forthcoming Jumping Jacks promo reel video by Roberto Traina
I will be spending most of my weekend crammed into a Cambodian public coach with The Jumping Jacks as we take a spin up to Siem Reap and Battambang, hitting Laundry Bar on Friday and Here Be Dragons on Saturday. Credit to Dragons for pushing the boundaries of the Battambang music scene and getting bands up there to play events (previous Dragons shows include gigs by Kampot Playboys and Cambodian Space Project). Cambodia's second city has a thriving arts scene but does not see anything like the level of tourist footfall required to support regular live music gigs. The Jacks will be joined at Dragons by Khmer songstress Miss Sarawan and Australian solo artist Tim Hall. Tim is perhaps Battambang's best kept secret – a seasoned performer and storyteller of a very high calibre. I hope to see the entire town turn up for the event on Saturday!

Back in Phnom Penh this weekend, a couple of interesting Sunday daytime gigs require a mention. From 9 until 11am, A group of Khmer musicians led by Min Bona will play traditional instruments at Wat Ounalom (on Sothearos Boulevard near the FCC). There will also be instruments on display until 5pm. From 1pm at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center, a host of young Cambodian stars including Jimmy Kiss and Nikki Nikki will perform a fund-raising concert for Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE) – a non-profit organisation that supports children in Cambodia. 


Chapei from David Gunn on Vimeo.
 
Whatever you're up to over the next few days, enjoy the music and... see you around the traps!

Timothy's Weekly Gig Guide - Commencing Thursday 22nd January 2015

Latest Gigs

Thursday  22-Jan-2015
  • 7:30 PM ~ Tamaraka Trio at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ The Digs at Le Pain de Jade in Kep
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rhythm'n'Soul at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ Phoenix Jay at Meta House
Friday  23-Jan-2015
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Bluesabelle and DJ Alan Ritchie at Che Culo
  • 7:00 PM ~ Sonny & Pervez at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 7:30 PM ~ Diego Dimarques at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam , Phil Javelle and Izabelle at The Bouchon Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ Krom Monster at Meta House
  • 8:30 PM ~ 9999 Arts Group at The Sundance Inn & Saloon
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Digs at The Bodhi Villa in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ Salmon All Star , Phat Controller and CAB at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sangvar Day at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Euan Gray and Louise Norup at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jet Odrerir and Jeffro at Sharky Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:30 PM ~ Vibratone at The Slur Bar
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Tech 12 at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ Dj Alan Ritchie, Dj Widenski, Dj Shaman at The Pontoon Pulse
Saturday  24-Jan-2015
  • 7:00 PM ~ Kheltica at Le Grand Palais
  • 7:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks , Miss Sarawan and Tim Hall at Here Be Dragons in Battambang
  • 7:30 PM ~ Wat A Gwaan at Simone Bistro & Art
  • 8:00 PM ~ The Digs at The Villa Vedici in Kampot
  • 8:30 PM ~ The Amanda Bloom Trio , Conrad Keeley and Clayton England at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ Bokor Mountain Magic Band at The Latin Quarter
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Underdogs at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ RNA and Sonic Detergent at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Sao Sopheak at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ K'Dam and Dj Mute Speaker at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam , Phil Javelle and Diego Dimarques at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Cut Killer at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Flo at The Pontoon Pulse
Sunday  25-Jan-2015
  • 9:00 AM ~ Khmer Traditional Instruments at Wat Ounalom
  • 1:00 PM ~ Youth Charity Concert For PSE ! at CKCC
  • 8:00 PM ~ Western Classical Concert at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rhythm'n'Soul at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
Monday  26-Jan-2015
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ace Zapa , KC G. , Joel and Arnel at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
Tuesday  27-Jan-2015
  • 7:30 PM ~ Memphis Band at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ace Zapa , KC G. , Joel and Arnel at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 8:30 PM ~ Latin Jazz at The Jazz Boat Club in Siem Reap
Wednesday  28-Jan-2015
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ace Zapa , KC G. , Joel and Arnel at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 8:00 PM ~ Krom Monster at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Song Remains The Same at Meta House
Coming Up
  • Open Mic Night at Equinox, Equinox
  • Joe Wrigley, Lisa Concepcion, Sophie Rose and Clayton England at Equinox
  • Vibratone at Equinox, The Latin Quarter, The Latin Quarter and The Latin Quarter
  • James Speck, Tim King and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
  • Rhiannon Johnson at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • The Cambodian Space Project at Equinox
  • Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan, Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at Sharky Bar
  • Jazz n' Sax at The Jazz Boat Club in Siem Reap
  • Mekong Messengers at Equinox
  • OSMOSIS at Equinox
  • Keren Keziah at Equinox
  • Bad Neighbour at Latin Quarter
  • Tamaraka Trio at The Cabaret Restaurant, The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Maia and Bona Thiem at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Memphis Band at Cabaret Restaurant
  • Pavel & Band at Cabaret Restaurant
  • Bona Thiem and Sheila at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Celebrate Chinese New Year at Cabaret Restaurant
  • The Love Below - Exclusive Band at Cabaret Restaurant
  • The Three Ladies of Pop music at Cabaret Restaurant
  • Kok Thlok at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Menh Sothyvann at Sharky Bar
  • Papa Dub at Le Pain de Jade in Kep
  • Sangvar Day, Sonic Detergent and Nightmare A.D. at The Slur Bar
  • Joe Wrigley and Chris Davis at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • Joe Wrigley at FCC - The Mansion, FCC - The Mansion, FCC - The Mansion and FCC - The Mansion
  • Los Hermanos at The Slur Bar
  • 12me', The Love Below, & DJ K'Dam at Equinox
  • DJ ND at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest at Pontoon, Pontoon, Pontoon and Pontoon
  • DJ Shaman, DJ Alan Ritchie and Kimchi Collective at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Flo at The Pontoon Pulse, The Pontoon Pulse and The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • Dj Moudy at Meta House
  • DJ Alan Ritchie at The Cabaret Restaurant, The Cabaret Restaurant and The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox
  • Dj Fameway at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • DJ Sequence and DJ Alan Ritchie at Dusk till Dawn
  • DJ Blue and DJ Gang at Pontoon, Pontoon and Pontoon
  • DJ Illest and DJ Blue at Pontoon
  • DJ Gang and DJ Tech 12 at Pontoon
  • DJ Shaman and DJ Alan Ritchie at The Pontoon Pulse, The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Shaman, DJ D-t3ch and Dj Widenski at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Shaman, DJ Alan Ritchie and Dj Indra 7 at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Flo and Dj Robin at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Flo and Dj Thorsten Karger at The Pontoon Pulse

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