Maarund features at Chub Met, |
Siem Reap in February.
Nine venues in Siem Reap are currently preparing for Chub Met Festival - set to take place between the 15th and 20th February. The festival schedule is a fantastic combination of both international and Cambodian acts and has appeal for both 'Barang' and Cambodian audiences. Headline act Dengue Fever will be making their first appearance on a Cambodian stage in nearly three years, at the FCC Angkor on the 17th February. Other highlights include Norwegian guitarist Amund Maarud and a rare performance by Khmer Surin star Khong Khoy (singer of the controversial 'Change Shirt' song). As always, keep an eye on Leng Pleng for more details about Chub Met – which promises to be the event of the year-so-far.
DJ Radioactive Anne is at Cloud on Friday.
Cloud, a small venue in the backstreets of Phnom Penh, will be having a big party this Friday night. Two of the city's best-loved expat bands – Bob Passion & The Schkoots and Kok Thlok - will be hitting the Cloud stage, alongside DJs Professor Kinski and Radioactive Anne. An initial plan for a small birthday celebration (for Cajonista Rémi Breuillaud) has escalated into a mini-music festival ('Cloud'stival' ?) with further acts to be confirmed. Sounds like it's going to be a great night!
Lap-steel guitarist Dave Cox is back in the Kingdom of Wonder – bringing his unusual musical instrument to bear on the bands of Phnom Penh and Kampot. The authentic Americana/blues/country sound of Dave's lap steel has recently been combined with artists as diverse as Clay George, Phnom Skor, and The Kampot Playboys. This weekend, Dave Cox will play a show with Max Jones' 9999 Arts Group at the Sundance Inn on Friday and rockabilly reprobates The Jumping Jacks at FCC – The Mansion on Saturday night.
|Dave Cox: back in the swing of things|
Ritchy & Phil are back in action this weekend, with a special 'jazz cruise' aboard the Kanika Boat. The French music-masters played a large part in kick-starting the expat music scene in Phnom Penh when they first arrived in the late 2000's. This Saturday, Ritchy Boisson (drums, vocals) and Phil Javelle (keys, vocals) will be joined by Chinese singing star Ms. Cy for an elegant evening of live music whilst cruising the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers.
Meta House will host a most elegant evening of music on Sunday, when Italian pianist Pietro Bonfilio will perform a grand piano recital of works by Mozart, Liszt, Debussy and Kabelevsky. The enigmatically entitled concert, 'Domestic Sphere meets Mystical Ecstasy', is another great opportunity to experience first-rate classical music in Cambodia. Check out the video below for a preview.
Whatever you're up to over the next few days... stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!