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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday 18th June 2015

Feast of Music

The musicians and venues of Cambodia will cook up an extra-large serving of delicious, life-affirming, live music goodness this weekend in celebration of Fête de la Musique or World Music Day. No fewer than sixteen live acts will grace a specially-constructed stage in Siem Reap between 2pm on Sunday and 2am on Monday morning! Meanwhile, in Phnom Penh, several venues are hosting a wide and varied selection of the city's best live music performers. Check out the packed Leng Pleng Weekly Gig Guide below and click on the event links for more information.
It's amazing what you can get into a tuk-tuk – pic: Fête De La Musique Siem Reap Facebook
Leng Pleng has heard news of gigs being cancelled in Phnom Penh this Friday the 19th June – which is an official national day of mourning in respect of Senate President Chea Sim. Sangvar Day, who were set to play at Sharky Bar this Friday, will now perform at Oscar Bar on Street 104 tonight (Thursday). The hardcore rockers will be saying goodbye at end of the gig to bassist Mat before his return to France... and saying hello to new bassist Andry Rakotoniaina. Lead singer Robin Narciso also let us know that the band will be premièring a brand new original song at the Oscar gig.

Video from Sangvar Day
Kampot Special
Anna Smyrk – pic: http://annasmyrkandtheappetites.com.au
We also expect many gigs will go ahead just as planned on the 19th of June – please check with venues to get accurate information. Anna Smyrk will be playing a special solo acoustic set at Madi's Bar in Kampot on Friday. The singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist is currently taking a break from touring Australia 'in a second-hand Jim’s Cleaning trailer' with her band 'Anna Smyrk and The Appetites'. Check out some of her fantastically dark and atmospheric alt-folk tracks via the Anna Smyrk Youtube channel and Soundcloud page.

The Bokor Mountain Magic Band will be rocking KAMA's 'Sun Ra Space Bar' in Kampot on Saturday night. The band play a similar brand of female-fronted intergalactic Cambodian psych-rock to their sister group The Cambodian Space Project. The Bokor Mountain Magics have also recently added a red-hot keys player into the mix. Check out the really cool video below of the C.S.P. playing Pan Ron's 'Rom Rom Rom' as part of the 'Cosmic Cambodia' show at the Casula Powerhouse in Sydney, Australia. 

Super Saturday in Phnom Penh

The 'exclusive and reclusive' Krom will be making a rare live appearance at Meta House in Phnom Penh on Saturday. The band have forged their own completely unique style of Cambodian crossover music - marrying two of the most beautiful soprano voices in the country (sisters Sophea and Sopheak Chamroeun) with spoken-word 'Asian Noir' poetry (by Australian singer/guitarist Chris Minko). The show on Saturday will provide a chance to hear songs from their forthcoming album 'Mekong Delta Blues' and will also mark the live début of new bassist and keyboardist James Mao Sokleap. Check out the video below to hear a new song from Krom called 'Cambodia'.

Odd Bar is a brand-new live music venue opening this week on Street 294 in Phnom Penh. Odd Bar is brought to you by Mel and Bona, the team behind the legendary Memphis Pub. The welcome arrival of Odd Bar on the the city music scene will be celebrated on Saturday night at a pre-World Music Day party. The line-up of performers has not been officially released to the public, but it is safe to assume that the extravaganza will involve some first-class blues rock from Bona's band together with a guest-list of specially-invited Phnom Penh musicians. Live music will continue at Odd Bar on Sunday night. Should be a great party!

Also in Phnom Penh on Saturday, Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks will be crossing their fingers and toes for a rain-free gig at FCC – The Mansion. The rockabilly trio of reprobates will be joined by multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Phil Javelle in an early Fête de la Musique celebration with a 1950's rock'n'roll theme. One can never be quite sure which instrument Phil will pull out of the bag for his next solo - keyboard, saxophone, clarinet, melodica or... tin-whistle?

A Very Busy Day for Musicians

Phil Javelle is one of many great artists appearing at the 'Asean Beats' World Music Day mini-festival – taking place at Sofitel in Phnom Penh from 8am (!) on Sunday morning. Music-lovers willing and able to untangle themselves from their beds at this very unsociable hour will be rewarded with music from a great live jazz trio comprising of Lester Ang (keyboards), Lewis Pragasam (drums) and Phil himself. Later on in the day, more excellent live music will be provided at the Sofitel by Lindee La, Metta Legita, Lisa and Joshua Chiang.

Such is the quality and quantity of the events taking place in Phnom Penh this Sunday, it will be possible to start listening to bands over breakfast and continue with excellent live music at a different venue for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea (as they say in England), dinner and after-dinner drinks. Check out the Leng Pleng Weekly Gig Guide to find out more details about the great events taking place at Sofitel, K-West, Le Museum, Alley Cat Cafe, Links Music Store, LYLA Center, Cabaret and Meta House.

The timings of the Sunday shows are appropriately staggered to allow time between bands for you to finish your drink and hail a ride to your next destination. It's almost as if someone has planned it! Please don't drink and drive during Fête de la Musique – a tuk-tuk is much more fun and you can also contribute to the worldwide festival of music by performing songs along the way! Remember, 'Make Music Day' was first envisaged in Paris in 1982 as a free-entry music festival in which anyone is allowed to take part.

Whatever you're up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!


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