|Srey-Thy of CSP - pic: David Rosenberger|
“...we re-jigged our itinerary, changed a flight and found ourselves on the top floor of the FCC watching a disparate and unwieldy bunch of musicians playing revved-up, psychedelic rock n roll, while a diminutive Khmer diva in a spangled frock belted out amazing pop tunes like a supercharged Tina Turner on helium.”
– Susan Fletcher-Haythorpe
The Cambodian Space Project will celebrate five years of intergalactic rock’n’roll with a series of gigs beginning this Friday at Equinox and continuing on Sunday at The Barn in Sihanoukville. Click here to read ‘Moving to the Music’ - a personal tribute to the truly international scope of The Cambodian Space Project written for Leng Pleng by British writer Susan Fletcher-Haythorpe. Also, click here to read ‘Musings From the Flight Deck’ – a previous Leng Pleng article detailing the story of the band - written by none other than CSP ‘Flight Commander’ Julien Poulson.
Last time I spoke with Julien, he was telling me all about the challenges of removing troublesome termites from a wooden-structured building in Cambodia. The venue in question is KAMA – a new arts and music centre opening soon in Kampot. As well as restoring and preparing the premises, Julien is ‘fundraising to equip, staff and open a first-class live music venue and will be doing this via crowd-sourcing and benefit shows’. Check out the funding website to learn more about the KAMA project and how to become involved.
Two Latin-Rock bands will hit the Phnom Penh music scene this Saturday. Local six-piece ensemble Bacano are a very talented bunch of musicians that will be playing at FCC – The Mansion. Their authentic Spanish-language sound is built around the partnership between Columbian lead singer/rhythm guitarist Chris ‘Chino’ DeNogales and Columbian backing singer/percussionist Jorge Rico. The two musicians combine in perfect harmony. Behind them, the band locks into a powerful groove - embellished by the beautifully melodic lead guitar work of Chilean Pavel Ramirez.
Meanwhile, Saigon-based Bad Neighbour will play a special show at Latin Quarter on Saturday night. This ultra-tight professional party band has been playing in Vietnam for several years. Check out the video below to see them in action at Hard Rock Café Ho Chi Minh. Special kudos given for rocking the often-overlooked instrument known as the ‘Key-tar’!
Tamaraka Quartet is another great Latin band active in Phnom Penh these days. The group, led by Saxophonist/Flautist Stephane Routtier, play Samba and Bossa grooves in a laid-back, funky-jazz style. The musicianship of Tamaraka is first-rate. Hear the band play tonight in the salubrious surroundings of Cabaret restaurant.
|Tamaraka Quartet, pic: www.kenedgar.com|
Speaking of first-rate musicians, check out the video below to see what happened when Aymen Ghali jumped in a tuk-tuk with some friends for an impromptu riverside rush-hour Gypsy-Jazz session. The Phnom Penh-based guitarist currently hosts the Bring Your Skillz open mic night each Monday at Slur Bar.
Stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!
CLICK HERE FOR LATEST GIGS
CLICK HERE FOR LATEST GIGS