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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 25th February 2016


Bloco Malagasy beating the drum in Cambodia - pic: Coconut Water website

Ten drummers of Bloco Malagasy will be marching through Battambang today. The Madagascan musical troupe will be performing at La Maison Wat Kor tonight (Thursday) and at various locations in Battambang over the next few days. Bloco Malagasy will be spreading good vibes and good music in Phnom Penh from the 29th February – with a performance at Farm to Table on Tuesday the 1st March. The ten female percussionists who make up the travelling group are on a month-long tour of The Kingdom – 'beating the drum for responsible tourism' (Coconut Water website). Be sure to catch them and be sure to bring your dancing shoes!

Kheltica: the more the merrier!


Another multifarious and much-missed group will be taking to the stage on Saturday night. Kheltica will be back in force at La Creperie in Phnom Penh – with their usual compliment of guitars, violins, flute, percussion and piano. This band of expats from various continents play lively and bracing Celtic music. This Saturday will see their first gig for a little while and the debut of a new singer - Séamus MacDubhglas – who is (unlike the rest of the group) actually from Ireland!

A special charity event will be taking place on 'Golden' Street 278 this Saturday. Venues Top Banana, Duplex and Club Love have teamed up with a host of live performers to put on a street party for P.S.E. (Pour un Sourire d'Enfant – Cambodia). 'Eleven hours of craziness' are promised, including live painting, breakdancing and firedancing alongside some great bands and DJs. Conrad Keely and his band will headline – playing songs from his recently released solo record and tracks by his 'regular' band ...Trail of Dead. Conrad – together with Henrik Rasmussen (drums), Mark Chattaway (bass) and Julius Bjornson (violin) – played an intense and powerful set at The Exchange last Saturday in support of Dengue Fever (that's a band, not an NGO). A jam-packed house of hundreds were treated to a full-on, hour-long set. Mark Chattaway will also be playing the 'Golden' Street party on Saturday with The Kampot Playboys. Many, many more great acts will also be appearing – check the listings below for full details.

Conrad Keely band put on a great support show for Dengue Fever last weekend

There are certainly a lot of very creative music events happening in Phnom Penh over the next few days. Scott Bywater, Warren Daly, Hal FX and Chhan Dina convene at Meta House on Saturday for a special multi-media performance featuring 'mixed soundscapes, poetry and visual wonders'. The show, entitled The Beta Experiments, is a preview of Performance Experiments 01 – scheduled to take place at the same venue next month.

Mezcal Jazz Unit is a dynamic band of modern jazz players from Montpelier in the South of France. They have been touring the world since 1986. The band have collaborated and recorded with musicians in Eastern Europe, Asia, India and Africa. The Mezcal quartet – comprising of Christophe, Emmanuel, Daniel and Jean-Marie – are currently visiting Cambodia. The band will be performing with musicians of Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) at two special concerts in Phnom Penh – on Friday at The Institut Francais du Cambodge and on Saturday at the National Museum. Check out the video below to find out what happened when Mezcal Jazz Unit and Alex Scarpati (trombone) performed with CLA musicians at the Music Art School in Siem Reap last week.






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 25th February 2016

Latest Gigs

Thursday  25-Feb-2016
  • 7:30 PM ~ Soundtrek Project at Cloud
  • 7:30 PM ~ 9999 Arts Group at The Show Box
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Nicomatic and Dj Trip Designer at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Niko Yu at Sharky Bar
Friday  26-Feb-2016
  • 12:00 AM ~ Tim Coates , DJ Shaman and DJ Alan Ritchie at The Pontoon Pulse
  • 6:00 PM ~ Blueberry Moonboys at Farm to Table
  • 6:30 PM ~ Cambodian Living Arts and Jazz Mezcal Unit at The Institut Francais du Cambodge
  • 7:30 PM ~ Road to Mandalay at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Wah-Wah at Kanika Boat
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Celine at The Show Box
  • 8:00 PM ~ Roxanne Dumont at Cloud
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan , Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ IN A RELATIONSHIP at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Barangutans at The Sundance Inn & Saloon
  • 9:00 PM ~ Professor Kinski and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ Dj Moudy at Love Club
Saturday  27-Feb-2016
  • 12:00 AM ~ DJ Flo , DJ Rob Bianche and Dj Matt Abstrax at The Pontoon Pulse
  • 5:00 PM ~ GOLDEN STREET PARTY at On the Street
  • 7:00 PM ~ Open Mic hosted by Robin Narciso at The Opera Cafe
  • 8:00 PM ~ Kheltica at La Crêperie
  • 8:30 PM ~ Mekong Messengers at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Barangutans at Sharky Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ Scott Bywater and Warren Daly at Meta House
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest and Dj Rockit at Pontoon
Sunday  28-Feb-2016
  • 4:00 PM ~ Dj Kaztet Dee , DJ Selecta Morgan * and Dj Rajah T at The Show Box
  • 7:00 PM ~ Cambodian Living Arts and Jazz Mezcal Unit at National Museum
Monday  29-Feb-2016
  • 7:00 PM ~ Open Mic Night hosted by Kenny Brandt at Peaches Bar
Tuesday  1-Mar-2016
  • 7:00 PM ~ Bloco Malagasy * at Farm to Table
Wednesday  2-Mar-2016
  • 12:00 AM ~ DJ Wah-Wah at The Pontoon Pulse
  • 7:30 PM ~ Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at The Show Box
Coming Up
  • Metta Legita and Hironobu Saito at The D22
  • Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Bassac Lane, Sharky Bar
  • Miss Sarawan at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • Joe Wrigley Music Showcase Night at Duplex Taverne Belge
  • Mekong Messengers at Sharky Bar
  • Moi Tiet! at The Alley Cat Cafe, FCC - The Mansion
  • Sangvar Day at Sharky Bar
  • Road to Mandalay at Sharky Bar
  • Jeffro at Farm to Table
  • Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan and Pervez Smart at Paddy Rice
  • The Schkoots, Bob Passion, Bloco Malagasy * and BatBangers at The Venues in Sihanouk Ville
  • Scott Bywater at The 19 Bar & Lounge
  • DJ Alan Ritchie and DJ Wah-Wah at The Quay Hotel
  • Dj Moudy at Simone Bistro & Art, Love Club
  • DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • DJ Shaman, DJ Alan Ritchie and Dj Marco Lenzi at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Flo and DJ Achaya at The Pontoon Pulse
  • Dj Niko Yu at Sharky Bar
  • Dj Kaztet Dee at The Naga House in Kampot
  • KHMARNAVAL at On the Street
  • Open Piano Afterwork at Cloud

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 18th February 2016


Japan Guitar Shop and Cafe
Leng Pleng is always pleased to hear about new scenes and new venues springing up in Phnom Penh. Tonight (Thursday), Takeshi Yamamuchi will host an open jam session at the Japan Guitar Shop and Cafe (also known as 'Duke's Bar') near Russian market. Mr. Yamamuchi is a jazz guitarist but will welcome players of any style, with free drinks offered to those who take part in the jam.

Kampot Playboys are in Siem Reap for Chub Met festival.
pic: Arttu Karpannen/Banyan Tree Kampot

The Kampot Playboys will play Laundry Bar in Siem Reap on Friday night. The gig will be their second-ever Angkor show, following a raucous set at Krung Meas last (Wednesday) night in the 'Khmer Pub Street' area of the city. The Kampot quintet impressed the Cambodian audience with their full-throttle fusion of Khmer and Western rock. One of the more virtuosic members of the band is the 'Jimi Hendrix of the Tro' - Bong Nyet. A man of few words off the stage, he is an astounding lead player during every Playboys performance - extracting seemingly impossible melodic lines from the humble 'Khmer Violin'. The stage is set for a great party at Laundry on Friday.

Amund Maarud unveils new Cambodian collaboration on Saturday
pic: artist pictures blog

The Kampot Playboys show is part of the ongoing Dontrey Chub Met music festival in Siem Reap. The festival will culminate with a gala concert on Saturday, set to take place at the Old Stadium on Charles de Gaulle boulevard. The six-hour show will feature an extremely rare Cambodian performance by Khmer Surin singer Khong Khoy and a unique collaboration between a Cambodian national treasure - Master Kong Nay - and visiting Norwegian musician Amund Maarud. Master Kong Nay has recently 'gone electric' - having pick-ups fitted to his Chapei Dong Weng instrument at 60 Road Studios in Siem Reap. Ace blues guitarist Amund convened with him there to cut some tracks for a forthcoming recording release. Hear a premiere performance of their exciting joint work at the Dontrey Chub Met festival this Saturday. Check the festival website for full schedule details.



In Phnom Penh on Saturday, the group of bars situated in Bassac Lanes will host a performance by Bob Passion & The Schkoots. The diminutive Bob is a French punk with boundless energy and an obvious love for the hard-rocking brand of guitar music that he purveys around South-East Asia. He is more than ably-assisted by the 'tight and loud' drumming style of Jan 'Professor Kinski' Mueller and the dexterous, driving bass of Ben Schkoot. Check out the above video clip for a preview of the band's recent foray into the recording studio.

Clay George plays The Exchange every Sunday

Canadian singer-songwriter Clay George will continue his weekly residency at The Exchange on Sunday afternoon. The salubrious surroundings are a good fit for the always-immaculately-dressed George. Like his tailor-made suits, Clay's singing and guitar playing are always of the best standard. Check out Leng Pleng's Q&A with Clay George here. You can also see the singer perform at Farm to Table on Friday night.


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 18th February 2016


Latest Gigs

Thursday  18-Feb-2016
  • 6:00 PM ~ Open Jam Session at Japan Guitar Shop & Cafe
  • 7:00 PM ~ Jazz Mezcal Unit at The Heritage Hotel in Siem Reap
  • 8:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at Abacus in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Nicomatic and Dj Trip Designer at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Niko Yu at Sharky Bar
Friday  19-Feb-2016
  • 12:00 AM ~ DJ Rob Bianche , DJ Shaman and DJ Alan Ritchie at The Pontoon Pulse
  • 12:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley at New Leaf Book Cafe in Siem Reap
  • 6:00 PM ~ Clay George at Farm to Table
  • 7:00 PM ~ Roxanne Dumont at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 8:30 PM ~ Dengue Fever * at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Kampot Playboys at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Soundtrek Project at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ Live Music at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
Saturday  20-Feb-2016
  • 12:00 AM ~ DJ Jack Malipan , Dj Saint Vincent and Cambo Disco Club at The Pontoon Pulse
  • 4:00 PM ~ Amund Maarud * at Old Stadium Siem Reap in Siem Reap
  • 4:00 PM ~ Dontrey Chubmet - Main Stage at Old Stadium Siem Reap in Siem Reap
  • 4:00 PM ~ DJ Alan Ritchie and DJ Wah-Wah at The Quay Hotel
  • 6:00 PM ~ Bloco Malagasy * at Cayo CoCo Siem Reap in Siem Reap
  • 7:00 PM ~ DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE NIGHT at Meta House
  • 8:00 PM ~ The Schkoots and Bob Passion at Bassac Lane
  • 8:30 PM ~ Dengue Fever * at FCC - The Mansion
  • 8:30 PM ~ Scott Bywater at Cloud
  • 8:30 PM ~ Clay George and Larry Martinez at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ Mekong Messengers at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cutters at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 11:00 PM ~ BOOM LE CHOC at Pontoon
Wednesday  24-Feb-2016
  • 12:00 AM ~ DJ Wez-T at The Pontoon Pulse
  • 7:00 PM ~ Pavel Ramirez at FCC - The Mansion
Coming Up
  • Scott Bywater and Warren Daly at Meta House
  • Road to Mandalay at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • Cambodian Living Arts and Jazz Mezcal Unit at The Institut Francais du Cambodge, National Museum
  • Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan, Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at Sharky Bar
  • Kheltica at La Crêperie
  • Blueberry Moonboys at Farm to Table
  • The Barangutans at Sharky Bar, The Sundance Inn & Saloon
  • Soundtrek Project at Cloud
  • Bloco Malagasy * at Farm to Table
  • 9999 Arts Group at The Show Box
  • Roxanne Dumont at Cloud
  • Mekong Messengers at FCC - The Mansion
  • DJ Nicomatic and Dj Trip Designer at Meta House
  • Professor Kinski and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
  • DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest and Dj Rockit at Pontoon
  • Dj Niko Yu at Sharky Bar
  • DJ Wah-Wah at Kanika Boat
  • Tim Coates, DJ Shaman and DJ Alan Ritchie at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Flo, DJ Rob Bianche and Dj Matt Abstrax at The Pontoon Pulse
  • IN A RELATIONSHIP at Paddy Rice
  • DJ Celine at The Show Box
  • Dj Kaztet Dee, DJ Selecta Morgan * and Dj Rajah T at The Show Box
  • GOLDEN STREET PARTY at On the Street
  • Open Mic Night hosted by Kenny Brandt at Peaches Bar

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 11th February 2016

The Leng Pleng Gig Guide is this week bursting at the seams with quality live music and DJ events. A great weekend of music in Phnom Penh will lead up to the opening day of the inaugural Dontrey Chub Met Music Festival in Siem Reap on Monday. Check out the gig guide below to find out what's happening around the traps.

Roxane Dumont at her old favourite haunt, Slur Bar
Roxane Dumont is currently back in town for a brief visit. The smiling singer-songwriter from Belgium has a personality that inspires audiences to fall in love with her wherever she goes. Roxane energetically performs her own personal style of music on a flamenco guitar - the resulting style is by turns Latin, gypsy and rock'n'roll. See Roxane host the Top Banana open mic tonight (Thursday) in Phnom Penh and look out for her performances around Cambodia over the next few weeks.

A number of cool musicians will be visiting Phnom Penh this coming weekend. S. Gatsi is a rock performer and original songwriter from Harare, Zimbabwe. On Friday night, he will join Italian troubadour Robin Narciso for an evening of acoustic music at Sharky Bar. Meanwhile, a few streets away at Sundance Inn & Saloon, Kyle Lamb and Smokey Allen will regale the expat crowd with some authentic country sounds. Singer-songwriter Lamb, from Vancouver Island, Canada, has been recording music since 2007.


Meta House continues to schedule interesting, alternative and original live music events on a regular basis. This Friday, Klaus Legal (from France) will be performing 'industrial music for eyes and ears... using controllers, lights and photosensitive synthesizers'. As a rule-of-thumb, if I don't know what it is, who the stated influences are (Esplendor Geometrico, Pan Sonic, Sudden Infant), and it's at Meta House... then it must be something very cool and worth going along to!

Long-time Phnom Penh sonic agitator Professor Kinski will be playing a live set at Cloud in Phnom Penh on Saturday. The landscape of the Cambodian music scene would look very different without the irrepressible producer, DJ, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jan 'Kinski' Mueller. Jan has produced a wealth of original, Cambodian-influenced, music with his band Dub Addiction as well as playing with Bob Passion & The Schkoots and Psychotic Reactions and many other projects. Revellers at Cloud on Saturday may well be treated to a rendition of one of his excellent Cambodian Space Project remixes – check out the link below for a preview.

Monday the 15th February is the official opening day of Dontrey Chub Met – a new music festival kicking off in Siem Reap. Organiser Ian Croft of 60 Road Studios has brought together an impressive roster of international and local acts – headlined by the first live performance of the band Dengue Fever in Cambodia in almost three years. The action begins on Monday with an early-evening show by Master Kong Nay at King's Road Angkor and local expat band Soul Gypsies at the nearby Hard Rock Cafe. On Tuesday, five Cambodian rock acts will compete at a special battle-of-the-bands concert at the X-Bar. Wednesday evening sees not only the big Dengue Fever show at FCC Angkor but also a second concert at Golden City with The Kampot Playboys and The Jumping Jacks performing. Dontrey Chub Met will continue in Siem Reap until the 20th February – check out next week's wrap for more details and hit the festival website for full information.

Monday the 15th also sees the release of a new recording by Phnom Penh-based electronica experts Audio Mainline. Soma Remixed is a re-imagining of last year's Soma EP – featuring sublimely hypnotic grooves and sultry vocals. 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!  




JOE WRIGLEY

Weekly Gig Guide - Commencing Thursday the 11th February 2016


Latest Gigs

Thursday  11-Feb-2016
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Sequence at Simone Bistro & Art
  • 8:30 PM ~ The Rockafellas at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Niko Yu at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic Night with Roxane at The Top Banana
Friday  12-Feb-2016
  • 6:00 PM ~ Euan Gray at Farm to Table
  • 7:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 8:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Duplex Taverne Belge
  • 8:00 PM ~ Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan and Pervez Smart at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ Robin Narciso and S.Gatsi hailing at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Smokey Allen and Kyle Lamb at The Sundance Inn & Saloon
  • 9:00 PM ~ Mr. Brown , Andy Freak and Klaus Legal at Meta House
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
Saturday  13-Feb-2016
  • 5:00 PM ~ Open Mic Hosted by Robin Narciso at The Opera Cafe
  • 8:00 PM ~ Adrien Sergent at Magic Sponge in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ Hot Club de Phnom Penh at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Mercy , DJane Sao Sopheak and AYA KURATA BANZAI at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Professor Kinski at Cloud
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest and Dj Rockit at Pontoon
Sunday  14-Feb-2016
  • 1:00 PM ~ Clay George at The Exchange
  • 6:00 PM ~ Castor Troy * at The Show Box
  • 7:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at ARTillery Siem Reap in Siem Reap
  • 8:00 PM ~ CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT SERIES at Meta House
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Shine and DJ Nas at Pontoon
Monday  15-Feb-2016
  • 6:00 PM ~ Kong Nay at King's Road Angkor in Siem Reap
  • 6:00 PM ~ The Soul Gypsies at Hard Rock Cafe Angkor in Siem Reap
  • 6:00 PM ~ Open Jam Session at ViTO Pizzeria Bar
  • 7:00 PM ~ Kenny Brandt at Peaches Bar
Tuesday  16-Feb-2016
  • 7:00 PM ~ The Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra at La Plaza
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dontrey Chubmet - Battle of the Bands at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
Wednesday  17-Feb-2016
  • 12:00 AM ~ Dj Nora Haidee at The Pontoon Pulse
  • 7:00 PM ~ Pavel Ramirez at FCC - The Mansion
  • 7:30 PM ~ The Kampot Playboys and Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Golden City (Krom Meas) in Siem Reap
  • 8:30 PM ~ Dengue Fever * at The FCC Siem Reap in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at Sharky Bar
Coming Up
  • Bloco Malagasy * at Cayo CoCo Siem Reap in Siem Reap
  • Dengue Fever * at FCC - The Mansion
  • Mekong Messengers at Sharky Bar
  • Scott Bywater and Warren Daly at Meta House
  • The Kampot Playboys at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • Pavel Ramirez at FCC - The Mansion
  • Road to Mandalay at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • Cambodian Living Arts and Jazz Mezcal Unit at The Institut Francais du Cambodge, National Museum
  • Soundtrek Project at Paddy Rice
  • Live Music at Sharky Bar
  • The Schkoots and Bob Passion at Bassac Lane
  • Clay George at Farm to Table
  • Scott Bywater at Cloud
  • DJ Nicomatic and Dj Trip Designer at Meta House
  • DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • Professor Kinski and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
  • DJ Rob Bianche, DJ Shaman and DJ Alan Ritchie at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • BOOM LE CHOC at Pontoon
  • DJ Jack Malipan, Dj Saint Vincent and Cambo Disco Club at The Pontoon Pulse
  • Dj Niko Yu at Sharky Bar
  • Miss Sarawan at Abacus in Siem Reap
  • Joe Wrigley at New Leaf Book Cafe in Siem Reap
  • Amund Maarud * at Old Stadium Siem Reap in Siem Reap
  • Jazz Mezcal Unit at The Heritage Hotel in Siem Reap
  • The Cutters at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE NIGHT at Meta House
  • Open Jam Session at Japan Guitar Shop & Cafe

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