|Back in Town: Barry Speirs. Pic: www.kenedgar.com|
Jazz Club Phnom Penh will welcome former Phnom Penh resident Barry Speirs through its doors tonight (Thursday). British Jazz pianist Barry will be teaming up with Rhiannon Johnson for a select number of gigs over the next few days. After all, what better place to spend one’s Christmas holidays than right here in Phnom Penh! The magic of the city music scene is somewhat infectious… once you have spent a little time here, you will always want to come back!
The structural integrity of the Showbox venue will be tested to the limit on Friday night, when an explosive mix of Cambodian metal and deathcore will come together in a triple-header of mayhem. Sliten6ix will be performing their first public show in two years, marking the imminent release of brand-new EP, Hiraeth. New Sliten guitarist Nara Tsitra joins the original line-up of drummer Alan Ou, bassist Billie, guitarist Kao Howard and vocalist Vanntin ‘Tin’ Hoeurn. Tin told Leng Pleng that the band’s set on Friday will be a short one, focussing on the new songs comprising the Hiraeth EP. Support comes from the incendiary Doch Ckae and the ultra hard-hitting Vartey Ganiva. All three acts are a vital part of the current resurgence of Yab Moung Records, which also boasts Nightmare A.D. as one of its bands. Yab Moung have recently been producing records out of a small studio in Kandal province.
Those seeking some Western-style Christmas cheer have many musical choices on the 24th and 25th. Good tidings will be conveyed by Rhiannon Johnson at Farm to Table, Joshua Chiang and Colin Grafton at Trattoria Bello, Maestro Saxo at the FCC and many more, including a Celtic-style gig by Conrad Keely and company at Paddy Rice on Christmas Eve. As always, check out the Leng Pleng Weekly Gig Guide below to keep abreast of happenings. My own personal feeling about Christmas in Cambodia tends more towards incredulity than celebration, but I will resist the compelling urge to discuss transparent commercialism and superfluous unofficial holidays and satisfy myself with a quick… Bah Humbug!
|Coming Soon: Dontrey Chub Met Mark Two. pic: King’s Road Angkor Facebook/est|
Reasons to be cheerful in 2017 include the forthcoming second edition of Dontrey Chub Met - The Siem Reap music festival combining some heavyweight international acts with domestic favourites. Watch this space for lots more information about the many artists and events arriving in Siem Reap towards the end of February.
Whatever you're up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!