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Weekly Wrap - Thursday the 26th November 2015


A Month of Sundays!

Another beautiful blue sky day in the Kingdom of Cambodia, and yet another public holiday (Bon Om Touk – Water Festival). As the tumbleweeds roll around the empty corridors of Leng Pleng Towers, here in the backstreets of Phnom Penh, it is left to me to bring you a brief note about some of the musical happenings taking place over the next few days. With the boat racing having been cancelled in the capital, the main Water Festival action will be taking place in the provinces. My Leng Pleng colleagues Television Ted and Timothy Man of Keys are probably somewhere on Otres Beach right now, chugging back fifty-cent beers. One does wonder sometimes how anybody can get any work done at all in this country, with four weeks of designated national holidays sprinkled generously throughout the year. Surely this is a massive disincentive to any foreigner seeking gainful employment in Cambodia – as well as the distracting abundance of cheap untaxed alcohol and cigarettes?

BBTS, deep into some 'live mashing' - pic: BBTS Facebook

The party of the week will be at Otres Market this Saturday. The off-the-beaten-track Sihanoukville venue will be hosting a number of live bands for their season opening event. Melbourne-based trio Bareback Titty Squad (BBTS) will headline, while support will be provided by Woody Dares, Brooke Palmer and many more. BBTS have captured a large online following via video performances such as the one below, where they perform a 'live mash-up' of 100 different songs. Lively!


Tomorrow (Friday) will see the release of a DVD on C-Lounge records called 'Live in Concert', produced by Ingolv Haaland. Check out the video below featuring a stunning performance by Cambodian singer Ouch Savy. The concert was performed earlier this year in Norway by an international host of musicians and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. Pretty special!


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


Joe Wrigley



Weekly Gig Guide - Commencing Thursday the 26th November 2015

Latest Gigs

Thursday  26-Nov-2015
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Niko Yu at Sharky Bar
Friday  27-Nov-2015
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Rob Bianche at The Room
  • 8:30 PM ~ Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at FCC - The Mansion
  • 8:30 PM ~ Pavel Ramirez at est. bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Robots at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan and Pervez Smart at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ Road Twist at Sharky Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Bokor Mountain Magic Band at KAMA in Kampot
  • 11:00 PM ~ Dj Niros at Pontoon
Saturday  28-Nov-2015
  • 8:00 PM ~ Blueberry Moonboys at Two Chefs Bar and Grill Phnom Penh
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Lefty at Eluvium Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Riverside Ray-Bans at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Woody Dares , Brooke Palmer The , Barangutans and BBTS at The Otres Market in Sihanoukville
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Gorimaa and Dj Kaztet Dee at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 10:00 PM ~ Bokor Mountain Magic Band at KAMA in Kampot
  • 11:00 PM ~ Phnom Penh Underground at Love Club
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest , DJ Gang and DJ M1 * at Pontoon
Wednesday  2-Dec-2015
  • 9:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at Sharky Bar
Coming Up
  • The Cambodian Space Project at The Exchange
  • Miss Sarawan at Paddy Rice
  • Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Sharky Bar, Magic Sponge in Kampot
  • Joe Wrigley at Farm to Table
  • Mekong Messengers at FCC - The Mansion
  • Diego Dimarques at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Hot Club de Phnom Penh at The Cabaret Restaurant, The Rush Pub
  • Ritchy and Ace Zapa at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Lisa Concepcion at Cloud
  • Antonio Elchico at The Chinese House
  • Scott Bywater at Farm to Table
  • Road To Mandalay at Sharky Bar
  • TMSF & Bareback Titty Band at Sharky Bar
  • Scott Bywater, Jeff Sleeman and Clay George at Sharky Bar
  • Live Dj Showcase at Aeon Mall 2nd Floor Food Court
  • DJ Sao Sopheak and DJ Shaman at Simone Bistro & Art
  • THE CUBAN BROTHERS at Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ INDIGO at Eluvium Lounge
  • DJ Tech 12 at Nova Club - Phnom Penh
  • DJ Gang, Dj FunkII Pro, Dj MOUSS and Dj EKLIPS at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest and DJ Gang at Pontoon
  • Dj Trip Designer at Meta House, Meta House, Meta House and Meta House
  • THE SREY SREY’S SOIREE at Meta House
  • DJ Mercy, DJ Sao Sopheak, Dj Nora Haidee and Izabelle at Meta House
  • Lisha and Dj Mute Speaker at Meta House
  • DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • DJ Blue and DJ Bree at Soho Pub
  • Earl Of Essex at The Room
  • DJ Wah-Wah at The Room
  • Phnom Penh Underground at Dusk till Dawn
  • Beats, Rhymes, Life. The final edition! at Eluvium Lounge
  • RJ Marshall and Tonle Tin at Meta House
  • Electrick Universe, Dj Antaro * , Mr. Brown, Andy Freak and Dj Trip Designer at Meta House

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 19th November 2015


Born in the U.S.A: Jeffro Sills – pic: Steve Porte
Guitarist Jeffro Sills will be in fervent blues action this weekend with a triology of Phnom Penh gigs. Jeffro will be playing in partnership with the esteemed percussionist Lewis Pragasam at their weekly 'Pro Jam' set at The Irish Place tonight (Thursday). The set-up is bijou and acoustic (guitar and cajon) and the atmosphere is loose and convivial. Pro Jam could be described as 'kind of like an open mic but not really' – I guess that means you have to be pretty good to get up and jam with these guys. Jeffro honed his impressive blues, country and soul guitar-playing skills in the nightclubs of Chicago. Check out Jeffro's full electric band set at Sharky Bar on Friday night with The Chi Town Players and an acoustic solo set at Two Chefs on Saturday. Two Chefs is a new venue situated near the Phnom Penh riverside on Street 266. A house duo plays most nights, with a guest feature act appearing each Saturday.

In The Groove: Ritchy and Phil duo – pic: www.kenedgar.com
The 'boutique' Phnom Penh music scene is alive and kicking, with several cool events popping up each week in smaller venues like The Irish Place, Two Chefs, and now est. Bar – where Ritchy & Phil will be playing 'acoustic pop through the ages' this Friday night. Both multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, Ritchy Boisson and Phil Javelle have been key principals of the Western music scene in Phnom Penh since 2009.

Over the last few years, several medium-to-large scale Western-audience-orientated live music venues have opened and closed in the city. Sharky Bar and FCC – The Mansion are two of the longer-term survivors with a weekly schedule of shows and the capacity to host a larger crowd. Dub Addiction will make a triumphant return to the Cambodian music scene this Saturday at the FCC. Dub Addiction have created their own crazy fusion of Cambodian raggamuffin reggae and their live shows are always similarly crazy and fun. Check out their fantastically-good recorded albums via Bandcamp. Meanwhile on Saturday, Mekong Messengers will be making their comeback gig at Sharky Bar. Singer Kristen Rasmussen took a year off performing to focus on her beautiful bouncing baby boy. Fortunately for Cambodian audiences, she will now once again be regaling us with one of the most powerful and beautiful voices in the country, singing a repertoire of classic American country, soul, blues and rockabilly.

 

Former Equinox general manager Anthony Mrucagz posted the above video this week – distilling four-and-a-half years of great gigs into twenty minutes, featuring a soundtrack of home-grown Cambodian music. The fact that the Street 278 building which housed the legendary Phnom Penh venue is still lying empty, abused and unused, seven months after Equinox was forced to close, makes the loss of Equinox sting a little keener. Anthony Mrucagz will shortly be leaving The Kingdom to return to the U.S.A. Leng Pleng wishes him all the best, and props for his major contribution to the Cambodian music scene.


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


Joe Wrigley

Weekly Gig Guide - Commencing Thursday the 19th November 2015

Latest Gigs

Thursday  19-Nov-2015
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Sao Sopheak and Dj Nora Haidee at Simone Bistro & Art
  • 7:30 PM ~ Hot Club de Phnom Penh at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ Australian songstress Leelo Murumägi at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 8:00 PM ~ Wat A Gwaan and Kcm Nayabinghi Khmer at Duplex Taverne Belge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Niko Yu at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam and Jeffro at The Irish Place Pub
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Alan Ritchie at The Room
Friday  20-Nov-2015
  • 7:00 PM ~ RJ Marshall at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 7:30 PM ~ Mourning concert at MK's Grillhouse
  • 8:30 PM ~ Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Bassac Lane
  • 8:30 PM ~ Phil Javelle and Ritchy Boisson at est. bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Chi-Town Players at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Antaro * and Andy Freak at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Kaztet Dee at The Top Banana
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rentip at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Euan Gray at Farm to Table
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
Saturday  21-Nov-2015
  • 7:30 PM ~ DJ Paul at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ Jeffro at Two Chefs Bar and Grill Phnom Penh
  • 8:00 PM ~ Kuhl's South 40 at Rustic Lounge
  • 8:00 PM ~ Dj Niko Yu at Eluvium Lounge
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Sao Sopheak and Dj ORO at Meta House
  • 8:30 PM ~ Dub Addiction at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ Mekong Messengers at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Phnom Penh Underground at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest and Dj Rockit at Pontoon
Tuesday  24-Nov-2015
  • 8:30 PM ~ The Kampot Playboys at Duplex Taverne Belge
Wednesday  25-Nov-2015
  • 7:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at FCC - The Mansion
Coming Up
  • Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at FCC - The Mansion
  • The Cambodian Space Project at The Exchange
  • Blueberry Moonboys at Two Chefs Bar and Grill Phnom Penh
  • Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan and Pervez Smart at Paddy Rice
  • DJ Lefty at Eluvium Lounge
  • Live Dj Showcase at Aeon Mall 2nd Floor Food Court
  • Dj Niros at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest, DJ Gang and DJ M1 * at Pontoon
  • DJ Sao Sopheak and DJ Shaman at Simone Bistro & Art
  • DJ Gorimaa and Dj Kaztet Dee at The Naga House in Kampot

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 12th November 2015


A very busy time for the Phnom Penh music scene this week, with far more fantastic events than we can shake a stick at. Read about some of the highlights in our weekly wrap below, and check out the Leng Pleng Gig Guide for a comprehensive list of happenings.

Celebrating Timeless Music
pic: Elvis of Cambodia Facebook page , International Music Festival Facebook page
Following all that excitement in Kampot last week, it now falls to Phnom Penh to host the latest arts festival to be based in Cambodia. While the Kampot Writers and Readers Festival staged its inaugural iteration in 2015, the International Music Festival Phnom Penh has now reached its twelfth year. The classical music festival opens tonight (Thursday) at the Intercontinental Phnom Penh, continues over the weekend with a series of concerts at Meta House, and closes with an unprecedented symphony performance, back at the Intercon on Monday evening. The orchestral finale will feature Cambodian pianist Rong Sereyvann and the World-Ship Youth-Orchestra of Japan in co-operation with the Angkor Youth Orchestra, performing Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Mozart's Piano Concerto No.17. The organisers of the International Music Festival told Leng Pleng that Monday will mark the very first time a Piano concerto has been fully staged in Cambodia! For ticket details and further information, visit the festival website and Facebookpage.

A full festival-worthy list of top Cambodian singers will be lining up at Koh Pich Theatre in Phnom Penh on Saturday night to pay tribute to Sinn Sisamouth, the godfather of 1960's and 1970's Cambodian rock'n'roll. Sin Chanchhaya, son of Sisamouth, passed away in January this year – just two months after the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce officially recognised the Sinn family's copyright to 73 of Sinn Sisamouth's original songs (PhnomPenh Post, 21 January 2015). Sin Chanchhaya was a tireless campaigner for his father's legacy and the legal rights of his family to ownership of his intellectual property. The Sinn Sisamouth legacy lives on through grandson Sinn Sethakol, a superb singer in his own right, who will be performing on Saturday alongside Cambodian luminaries such as Laura Mam, Meng Keo Pichenda, Drakkar Band and many, many more. The event, entitled 'It's Time To Give Back' has been organised by the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce as a fund raiser for the families of Sinn Sisamouth, Ros Sereysothea, and other charitable organisations involved in maintaining the legacy of the Cambodian 'Golden Era' of rock'n'roll (KhmerTimes, 2 November 2015). Tickets for the event can be purchased at Smart Co. locations.

Returning Heroes
Scott, Greg and RJ: I guess Phnom Penh is the place to be!

November seems to be a good time to get back to Phnom Penh. Talented guitarist Greg Marino has returned to the city this week and will be hosting an open mic session tonight (Thursday) at Top Banana. RJ Marshall has also recently returned and has resumed host duties at the weekly Showbox open mic night (Wednesdays). Scott Bywater returned from Europe last month (we knew he couldn't stay away from the Phnom Penh music scene for too long!) and will be performing his latest compositions at Alley Cat Cafe this Friday. Welcome home guys!

Multiple Experimentation

Gregaldur – pic: Lop Loy Facebook
Several cutting-edge and experimental music acts will be performing live in Phnom Penh this week. Krom Monster will reprise their 'unique collision of Khmer instruments and contemporary electronics' at the Meta House this Thursday. Check out their tunes on Bandcamp. Kampot-based DJ Mute Speaker produces a fascinating fusion of unmistakably Cambodian instrumentation and groovy electronic beats – check out the awesome tracks available via the Mute Speaker Soundcloud page. He will be visiting Phnom Penh this weekend to perform a DJ set at Cloud on Friday night and at Eluvium Lounge on Saturday night. Just when you thought things could not get any more hip in Phnom Penh over the next few days, we have heard word that a Franco-Italian-Cambodian live music mash-up will taking place on Friday at the Lop Loy gallery. Headliner Gregaldur describes his music as 'crazy fairytale lo-fi pop', while Damani 'Danzo' Kelly and Morno will provide appropriately cool musical support.

Check out the latest music video release by Phnom Penh-based RFM Nation. The sunshine-soaked film was shot in the Boeng Kak Lakeside area of the city.

 


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



Joe Wrigley

Weekly Gig Guide - Commencing Thursday the 12th November 2015

Latest Gigs

Thursday  12-Nov-2015
  • 7:00 PM ~ 9999 Arts Group at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 7:00 PM ~ Pantun Trio * at The Intercontinental Hotel Phnom Penh
  • 7:00 PM ~ APERO MIX with DJ MERCY & TONLE DUB at Simone Bistro & Art
  • 8:00 PM ~ Two's a crowd at Two Chefs Bar and Grill Phnom Penh
  • 8:00 PM ~ Krom Monster at Meta House
  • 8:30 PM ~ Gregory Marino hosts Open Mic at The Top Banana
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Niko Yu at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Alan Ritchie at The Room
Friday  13-Nov-2015
  • 6:00 PM ~ Jeffro at Farm to Table
  • 7:00 PM ~ Stephan Cassar * at Meta House
  • 7:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 8:00 PM ~ GREGALDUR, DANZO, MORNO at LOP LOY
  • 8:30 PM ~ Kuhl's South 40 at SameSame2
  • 9:00 PM ~ Kat Deluna at Epic Club
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan and Pervez Smart at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Nicomatic , DJ Bart Ricardo and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Divergent Band at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Kaztet Dee at The Top Banana
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Mute Speaker at Cloud
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
Saturday  14-Nov-2015
  • 4:00 PM ~ DJ Mercy , Lisa Concepcion and Lafidki at Boeng Kak Lake
  • 6:00 PM ~ It's Time to Give Back at Koh Pich Theatre
  • 7:00 PM ~ Etienne Chenevier * and Ikeda Bonsamnang at Meta House
  • 7:30 PM ~ Blueberry Moonboys at Le Moon
  • 8:00 PM ~ Pavel Ramirez at Two Chefs Bar and Grill Phnom Penh
  • 8:00 PM ~ Dj Mute Speaker at Eluvium Lounge
  • 8:30 PM ~ Bokor Mountain Magic Band at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Moudy at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest and Dj J-Cue at Pontoon
Sunday  15-Nov-2015
  • 7:00 PM ~ Cicilia Yudha at Meta House
Monday  16-Nov-2015
  • 7:00 PM ~ Symphony Concert at The Intercontinental Hotel Phnom Penh
Tuesday  17-Nov-2015
  • 7:30 PM ~ Tuesday Open Mic at The Gym Bar
Wednesday  18-Nov-2015
  • 7:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at FCC - The Mansion
Coming Up
  • Miss Sarawan at FCC - The Mansion
  • Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at FCC - The Mansion, Bassac Lane
  • The Chi-Town Players at Sharky Bar
  • The Cambodian Space Project at The Exchange
  • Mekong Messengers at Sharky Bar
  • Blueberry Moonboys at Two Chefs Bar and Grill Phnom Penh
  • RJ Marshall at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • Hot Club de Phnom Penh at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Jeffro at Two Chefs Bar and Grill Phnom Penh
  • Dub Addiction at FCC - The Mansion
  • Phil Javelle and Ritchy Boisson at est. bar
  • Kuhl's South 40 at Rustic Lounge
  • Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan and Pervez Smart at Paddy Rice
  • Australian songstress Leelo Murumägi at Alley Cat Cafe
  • Euan Gray at Farm to Table
  • Dj Niko Yu at Eluvium Lounge, Sharky Bar
  • DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest and Dj Rockit at Pontoon
  • Phnom Penh Underground at The Naga House in Kampot
  • Dj Antaro * and Andy Freak at Meta House
  • DJ Sao Sopheak and Dj ORO at Meta House
  • DJ Paul at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Wat A Gwaan at Duplex Taverne Belge
  • Dj Kaztet Dee at The Top Banana
  • Lewis Pragasam and Jeffro at The Irish Place Pub

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday 5th November 2015


Electric Kampot - pic: Brave Cactus Blog

The Kampot Writers and Readers Festival 2015 kicks off today (Thursday). Not just a literary festival, the KWRF features several great live music events. Check out Television Ted's special preview wrap and visit the KWRF website for all the latest information. Two of the highlights of the festival are scheduled to take place this Friday. Master Kong Nay, together with his son Kong Boran and other contemporary Cambodian guest artists, will be performing a selection of traditional Cambodian musical works. Later that evening, a special one-off live concert performance will be given by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame inductee Paul Kelly. Tickets for this boutique show, at KAMA in Kampot, may now be harder to find than a Cambodian policeman after 5.30 in the evening but... it's worth a try. Tickets in Kampot can be purchased from Ms. Soon at Ellie’s Cafe (during the day) or at KAMA (at night-time) - SMS 096 367 2224 .

The first annual KWRF is inspired by, and created in partnership with, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali, Indonesia (the 12th annual UBUD festival took place last week). It was at the UBUD festival that KWRF festival director Julien Poulson, of The Cambodian Space Project and Bokor Mountain Magic Band fame, met and connected with author Jonathan Campbell. Jonathan is a music writer, musician, promoter and agent based in Beijing in the years between 2000 and 2010. He will be at KAMA in Kampot on Sunday, talking about his new book The Red Rock: The Long, Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll. Fans of Cambodian Rock may find more than a few fascinating parallels between the two histories. As Jonathan himself told Leng Pleng :

Jon Campbell - pic: Henry Campbell
I think that Cambodia and China's experience of rock and roll is similar, and though I write a lot about how the stakes in China were heavy (the choice to pursue rock music in the 80's and 90's was a choice to ostracise oneself), they weren't as heavy as what happened in the 70's in Cambodia. But I think what both situations show those of us in The West is the thing that I discovered over the course of writing my book: that rock and roll means something to people in a way that we've forgotten about here. Rock and roll has become just something you listen to, but it used to be a lot more than that in The West. It used to be About Something -- saying something, being something, choosing to be someone. We used to say that rock and roll can change the world, and I've found that for a lot of Chinese people, it did change the world. From what I gather, for many Cambodians, too, rock and roll changed the world -- both before and after the 70's.”

Alto Ace: Thomas Schelloeh, pic: Susi Brinkert
Find out more about Jonathan Campbell via his website. For all those making the journey to Kampot this weekend, have a great time and enjoy. Meanwhile, in Phnom Penh, things are looking up for the expat music scene. Over the next two weeks we will see the arrival of at least three brand-new bands and the return of no less than four local favourite groups. The action is centred around Sharky Bar this weekend, where Sangvar Day will welcome new bassist Ned Kelly into the fold at their comeback gig on Friday. Saturday will see the debut of new rock trio Road to Mandalay. Leng Pleng has not yet heard the new-comers Mandalay, but the Sharky Bar press release promises 'one of the most promising new alternative rock bands in Cambodia in years!'. Also on Saturday, Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks will return to the scene with a new line-up including ace alto-saxophonist Thomas Schelloeh. The rockabilly quartet will, along with Miss Sarawan, be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Shanghai Bar.

The Barangutans are a trio of international musicians based in Sihanoukville. They will be travelling to Phnom Penh on Friday for a gig at Cabaret Restaurant. A little internet research has revealed an accomplished acoustic covers band with a Latin music feel and strong lead vocals.

Cambodian singing stars will be in attendance on Sunday at the Melodies of Change event to be held at the Cambodia-Korea Co-operation Center (CKCC) at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Melodies of Change comprises of songwriting and performance workshops and seminars, as well as featuring live competition and live performance. The event has a very progressive and positive mission – seeking to encourage new original music in Cambodia. For more information: tel. 077 996 440. As Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly said, "From little things, big things grow".


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


Joe Wrigley

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