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Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday the 24th July 2014

"In composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in 15 seconds, in improvisation you have 15 seconds." - Steve Lacy, jazz saxophonist and composer.

Electric Universe continue their long-running residency at Meta House this evening. The band is a special collaboration between Tim King, James Speck and DJ Nicomatic. These guys only play together as a group once per month and the music is always completely improvised and purely instrumental. Live electric guitar and phrase synthesiser are combined with recorded beats and sounds emanating from the DJ's turntables. Just to mix things up a little bit more, Electric Universe also regularly invite other musicians to jam with them. At this gig, the audience never knows what is going to happen next – expertly-executed guitar riffs, wildly oscillating synthesiser figures, warped, down-tempo beats or even, sometimes, extended periods of cacophony and white noise. The improvisational framework results in a journey through musical peaks and troughs. Long periods where nothing much happens evolve into frenzied and funky jams. There is a palpable air of excitement in the room when the musicians arrive in sync at the next newly-formed, unplanned groove. The music of Electric Universe may not be to everyone's taste and it would be hard to see the format working in most Phnom Penh venues – but in the very cool and laid back artist's mingling space of the Meta House upstairs bar, it makes perfect sense.
Olga, Ramirez & Ten Tipz, pic courtesy of artist

Friday sees three fairly fresh bands all playing sets around Phnom Penh at the same time. I have tried being in three places at once before but it didn't work out very well. So that means I will have to choose between Bacano at Paddy Rice, Pavel & The Ten Tipz at Sharky Bar and Sinville Roadshow at Slur Bar. Sinville are vocal-guitar duo Tiffany and Simon, formerly based in Sihanoukville, now taking Phnom Penh by storm. In the process the band have expanded to comprise the hugely experienced Alex on bass and the hugely versatile Julien on drums. You can catch their extensive repertoire of classic, soulful rock every Thursday at Sharky Bar and on Saturday at Riverside Bistro.

Pavel Ramirez returns to Sharky's on Friday without his recently-departed musical partner Olga Andreeva but retaining the fantastic and in-demand rhythm section known as TenTipz. This trio of dedicated musicians are serious about rehearsing and performing and it shows in their polished stage show of Latin and rock numbers. Swedish-Chilean frontman Pavel handles vocals and guitar while Cambodian youngsters Ten and Tipz provide bass and drums. TenTipz look barely out of their teenage years - yet they play with the skill and authority of veterans... but then, when it comes to Latin music, they did learn from Phnom Penh's own 'El Gipsy'.

Diego DiMarques - pic courtesy of artist

Diego Dimarques spent months schooling his band in the intricacies of his flamenco-inspired set. Diego's Nomad Trio performs at Oscar Rock Cafe this Saturday (no, Oscar hasn't opened a third venue – Oscar Rock Cafe is the latest moniker for the venue formerly-known-as 'Oscar 51', 'Diver Club' and a further variation on 'Diver Club' that I would rather not repeat here but which attracted a lot of giggles and 'selfies' from tourists passing by the venue's exterior sign). Diego's style of playing guitar and singing is so relaxed he makes difficult techniques that take many years to perfect look natural and easy.

Bacano bring an updated Latin music style to FCC – The Mansion on Saturday night. The venue has continued to provide a succession of great outdoor shows this year, well into the rainy season. Mysteriously, the elements always seem to comply with best expectations and, as if by magic, the rain stops and a crowd of gig-goers appears just before show-time. Bacano's show will hopefully be no exception. Chino De Nogales' sextet have a happy-psychedelic vibe that has invited comparison with The Grateful Dead. The Spanish-language vocals are refreshing and their show is a lot of fun.

One more shout goes out to one of the local music's scene's favourite son's - Scott Bywater and, former rhythm guitarist from the Cambodian Space Project, Irene Chuon. Please join Scott and Irene as they celebrate the birth of their daughter Leanorah in Nantes, France this week. 

Until next time..... see you around the traps!


Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday 24th July 2014

Latest Gigs

Thursday  24-Jul-2014
  • 9:00 PM ~ James Speck , Tim King and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
Friday  25-Jul-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Culture Club III at Riverhouse Lounge and Bistro
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Star and DJ Tam at Riverhouse Lounge and Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ Pavel Ramirez and Ten-Tipz at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Bacano at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ Sinville Roadshow at The Slur Bar
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and DJ Angelo at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Shaman and DJ Alan Ritchie at The Pontoon Pulse
Saturday  26-Jul-2014
  • 5:00 PM ~ Graham Cain * at The Exchange
  • 8:00 PM ~ The Underdogs at Equinox
  • 8:30 PM ~ Bacano at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ Kimchi & Drop Dead Disco at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ 3some at Sharky Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Adobo Conspiracy at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Diego's Nomad Trio at Oscar Rock Cafe
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Flo at The Pontoon Pulse
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Tech 12 at Pontoon
Sunday  27-Jul-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Open Mic & Mystery Band at The Riverside Bistro
Monday  28-Jul-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Michael at The Slur Bar
Tuesday  29-Jul-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Pop Music Quiz Night at Equinox
Wednesday  30-Jul-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic Night with Troy Campbell at Equinox
  • 9:30 PM ~ Graham Cain * at The Slur Bar
Coming Up
  • Bacano at Equinox
  • Miss Sarawan at The Slur Bar
  • Luis Latin Trio at Slur Bar
  • Graham Cain * at The Slur Bar
  • Sinville Roadshow at The Slur Bar
  • Pavel Ramirez and Ten-Tipz at The Slur Bar
  • Bob Passion & The Lop-Lop, Bob Passion & The Schkoots at Slur Bar
  • The Adobo Conspiracy at Equinox
  • Sonic Detergent at Sharky Bar, The Slur Bar
  • Kheltica and Arabic at Le Temps des Cerises, The Slur Bar
  • Philippe Javelle at The Alley Bar
  • Singer-Songwriters Night at Equinox
  • Dj Nico at Meta House
  • DJ Gang and Dj Shade at Pontoon, Pontoon
  • DJ Illest, DJ Blue and DJ Gang at Pontoon
  • DJ Flo at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Shaman, DJ Alan Ritchie and Dj Mendy at The Pontoon Pulse
  • Dj Blue or Dj Gang and Dj Illest at Pontoon, Pontoon and Pontoon
  • Dj Flo and His Guest(s) at Pontoon Pulse, Pontoon Pulse, Pontoon Pulse and Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Gang and DJ Shade at Pontoon
  • Dj Alan Ritchie & Dj Shaman at Pontoon Pulse, Pontoon Pulse
  • Dj Shade and Dj Gang at Pontoon, Pontoon
  • Dj Alan Ritchie & Dj Shaman, Dj Aaron James at Pontoon Pulse
  • Dj Blue or Dj Gang and Dj Tech 12 at Pontoon
  • DJ Tim Coates, DJ Mikus and DJ Deejays at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • Philippe Javelle, DJ Shaman and DJ Alan Ritchie at The Pontoon Pulse

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