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The Leng Pleng Gig Guide comes out on a Thursday or Friday of every week

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 28th 2016

The beautiful and elegant setting of Governor's House continues to host great live sessions on Thursday nights. The weekly concerts, organised by master drummer/percussionist Lewis Pragasam, have so far centered around jazz, soul and pop. Tonight's ensemble of musicians will head in a more experimental direction with Indonesian Fusion. Lewis will be joined by keyboardist Metta Legita, electric violinist Steve Sutcliffe and Indonesian instrumentalist Saridin. The audience at Governor's House will hear 'the essential melody and colour of Indonesian folk songs, updated with modern arrangements' – as the traditional sounds of the suling (Indonesian bamboo flute) and hasapi (like a small harp with only two strings) combine with modern instrumentation.

Metta Legita: bringing traditional sounds up-to-date with new arrangements this Thursday

Leng Pleng is always excited when the talented musicians of Cambodia come together to cook up something new and different. The Indonesian Fusion ensemble move to Chinese House on Friday night to join Phil Javelle (keys, clarinet) and Suresh (tabla) and mix things up even further with the addition of traditional Indian music rhythms and melodies. Awesome! If any readers are keen to get involved directly in the magical world of percussion and rhythm, we would highly recommend attending Lewis Pragasam's drumming circle this Sunday afternoon. The informal session, taking place at Farm to Table, will be great way to have fun and unlock some of the secrets of making music!

How many bottles of Pastis should we lay in? - The owners of the new Jazz Club Phnom Penh prepare for the gala opening this Friday.

Norman King, Larry Martinez, Sebastien Adnot and Toma Willen comprise a quartet of heavyweight jazz players. This formidable band of Phnom Penh expats will be helping to launch the brand new Jazz Club Phnom Penh at an opening party this Friday night. Leng Pleng readers will remember classy venue The Groove – situated above Terrazza restaurant on Street 282. New owners Sebastien Adnot and Nono McKay are bringing the club back – with a brand new style and d├ęcor and live jazz music most nights of the week. This Saturday at the Jazz Club will see British player Norman King (who plays tenor sax, flute and clarinet) join jazz manouche experts Hot Club de Phnom Penh for an up-tempo session. While plans are afoot for a weekly Khmer music night and a jazz-only open mic session, the house band – comprising of Norman, Larry, Seb and Toma – will be bringing luscious late-night vibes to the Jazz Club on a regular basis.

Remember the Kampot Writers and Readers Festival 2015? Time to mark your calendars and make your preparations for the second edition of this literary and music festival. Between the 3rd and 7th of November 2016, the enchanting riverside city of Kampot will once again be transformed into the centre of the arts universe in South-East Asia. Last year, international musicians (Paul Kelly, The Shabbab) and authors mingled with their Cambodian-based contemporaries in a busy program of panels, readings, presentations and concerts. KWRF 2016 is set to be even bigger and better – check out the inspiring video below... and maybe consider booking your hotel room pretty soon!

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

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