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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 décor 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!


Weekly Gig Guide - Commencing Thursday the 28th July 2016


Latest Gigs

Thursday  28-Jul-2016
  • 7:30 PM ~ Scott Bywater at Bassac Lane
  • 8:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam , Metta Legita , Steve Sutcliffe and Saridin at The Governor's House Boutique Hotel
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Elmo , Dj Trip Designer and DJ/VJ X76 at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star and DJ Kiss at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 10:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater , Oscar's Band and Chris at Oscar's On The Corner
Friday  29-Jul-2016
  • 6:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley at Farm to Table
  • 7:00 PM ~ The Chi-Town Players at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • 7:00 PM ~ Moisty Atsushi and Max Jones at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 8:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam , Phil Javelle , Metta Legita and Steve Sutcliffe at The Chinese House
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ace Zapa at est. bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ Dj Kaztet Dee at Lazy Gecko Cafe
  • 8:30 PM ~ Aram Khmer at The Sundance Inn & Saloon
  • 8:30 PM ~ Clay George at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Lefty , DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Toma Willen , Seb Adnot , Larry Martinez and Norman King at Jazz Club Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ Euphoria at Sharky Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ JADermeister at Oscar's On The Corner
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ Tim Coates , DJ Alan Ritchie and Dj Nora Haidee at The Pontoon Pulse
Saturday  30-Jul-2016
  • 6:00 PM ~ Hot Club de Phnom Penh and Norman King at Jazz Club Phnom Penh
  • 7:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at Mestizo
  • 8:00 PM ~ Dj Kaztet Dee at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 8:00 PM ~ PERFORMANCE / LIVE MUSIC / COMEDY SHOW at Meta House
  • 8:30 PM ~ Clay George and Larry Martinez at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ten-Tipz at Sharky Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Oscar's Band , Ratha and Srey Ka at Oscar's On The Corner
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Edwardowski and CamboJam at The Mezze Bar in Siem Reap
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Flo and DJ Achaya at The Pontoon Pulse
Sunday  31-Jul-2016
  • 4:00 PM ~ Sunday DRUM JAM at Farm to Table
  • 8:00 PM ~ Mathias Boegner and Loo Bang Hean * at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic at Sharky Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star , DJ Maily and DJ Kiss at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 10:00 PM ~ Danny and Antti at Oscar's On The Corner
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Wah-Wah at The Pontoon Pulse
Monday  1-Aug-2016
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star and DJ Kiss at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 10:00 PM ~ Oscar's Band , Ratha and Srey Ka at Oscar's On The Corner
Tuesday  2-Aug-2016
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star and DJ Kiss at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 10:00 PM ~ Oscar's Band , Pavel Ramirez and Chris at Oscar's On The Corner
Wednesday  3-Aug-2016
  • 6:00 PM ~ Khmer Magic Bus Band at Jazz Club Phnom Penh
  • 7:00 PM ~ Pavel Ramirez at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam and Phil Javelle at The Bouchon Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley at Shanghai Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star and Dj Racky at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 10:00 PM ~ Danny and Antti at Oscar's On The Corner
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Watt's Up at The Pontoon Pulse
Coming Up
  • Nightmare A.D. and Knell at Oscar's On The Corner
  • The Kampot Playboys, Mr Mammoth, Dj Moudy and Kasper at Banyan Tree in Kampot
  • The Kampot Playboys at Oscar's On The Corner
  • Simille at Red Bar
  • Pavel Ramirez at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • Lewis Pragasam, Phil Javelle and Clay George at The Governor's House Boutique Hotel
  • Robin Narciso and Pervez Smart at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • Jonathan Aubrey and Michael Rex Bacarra at Meta House
  • CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT SERIES “SCHUBERTIADE” at Meta House
  • Scott Bywater, Oscar's Band and Dave at Oscar's On The Corner
  • The Riverside Ray-Bans at Oscar's On The Corner
  • Oscar's Band, Ratha and Srey Ka at Oscar's On The Corner
  • Danny and Antti at Oscar's
  • Oscar's Band, Pavel Ramirez and Chris at Oscar's
  • Road to Mandalay at Sharky Bar, FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • Amok Soul Project at Mestizo
  • Dj Elmo, Dj Trip Designer and DJ/VJ X76 at Meta House
  • Dj Tittsworth at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest, Dj Rockit and DILLYDADON at Pontoon
  • Dj Nora Haidee at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ B-Fox, DJ Alan Ritchie and DJ Wah-Wah at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Rob Bianche and DJ Flow at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Alan Ritchie at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJane Sao Sopheak at Meta House
  • DJ Wez-T and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
  • DON’T TECHNO FOR AN ANSWER at Meta House
  • DJ KING MONKEY at Meta House
  • DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • DJ Tim Coates, DJ Alan Ritchie and DJ Shagzy at Meta House
  • DJ Watt's Up at Cloud
  • James Speck, Tim King, DJ Nicomatic, Electrick Universe, Mr. Brown and Andy Freak at Meta House
  • Open Piano with Jamie at Cloud

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 21st July 2016


Kampot Rock!

Kampot Playboys will tonight play their first gig in the capital for three months – at Duplex on Street 278. Phnom Penh gig-goers have missed their unique Cambodian-rock fusion sound, which meshes together a high-energy rock rhythm section with 'Khmer Violin', folk accordion and skanking electric guitar! The Playboys repertoire is comprised of decades-old 'lost' Cambodian rock songs, some traditional songs and many original compositions. The band always put on a rocking show, but tonight's performance at the 'Duplex Taverne Belge' may reach particularly high spirits - as today is Belgian National Day.

Listen to Kampot Playboys live tracks via Soundcloud

Why worry? Mr laid-back:
Diego is back in town... pic: supplied
Diego 'El Gypsy' Dimarques will be back in Phnom Penh this weekend. The charismatic Gypsy-Flamenco singer-guitarist – who has been living and performing in Siem Reap for some time – will be at D22 (Phnom Penh Tower) on Friday and at Mao's Club on Saturday. Diego is one of those relaxed, personable performers who 'makes it look easy' with languid, silky Spanish guitar lines and earthy, soulful vocals. Don't miss the chance to see a master of his craft.

More Latin lines on Saturday from new arrival Norman Kinga tenor saxophonist from the UK, recently resident in Thailand. Norman has, fortunately for us, decided that Koh Samui will have to do without his formidable sax skills (...and flute! and clarinet!). The Kingdom of Smiles' loss is the Kingdom of Wonder's gain, as Phnom Penh welcomes another world-class musician into the fold (Cambodia's more 'welcoming' visa conditions may have something to do with it). Catch Norman King performing with Sabor Latin Trio at new city venue Mestizo on Saturday night.
Rocking on: JADmeister appear regularly at Sharky Bar – pic: Jim Heston
Scott Bywater will be bringing his acoustic trio to Sharky Bar on Friday night. Chuck Villar (cajon/percussion) and Adrien Gayraud (bass guitar) accompany 'Scoddy' (vocals/guitar) for a set comprised mostly of original material. The trio is a more mellow alternative to the full-scale, electric-guitar dominated rock band format of Bywater's Moi Tiet (who will appear at Oscar's this Saturday). Sharky Bar has continued to operate as 'Indochina's longest-running rock'n'roll bar' since the tragic loss, in May, of their principal partner Michael 'Big Mike' Hsu. Since then, it has been largely business-as-usual with regard to having live music at the bar three nights per week (band on Friday, band on Saturday, open jam on Sunday) – albeit accompanied with slightly less 'Big Mike'-style fanfare and hype than we were used to! Also, the Sharky music policy has become a little less experimental, with the program comprising of classic rock and blues (Chi-Town Players, JADmeister, Pavel Ramirez) and pop covers (Euphoria, Metro Band). Bywater's evening of original songs will be a welcome departure from the norm, and the bar are also planning a Battle of The Bands event for August (to take part, contact Alex via Lioha-h@mail.ru).

The unique and original sounds of Krom have recently been put forward for the Grammy Awards nominations. Krom, via their U.S.-based label Musik & Film, are entered into the Best World Music Album category for 'Mekong Delta Blues' and the Song of the Year category for 'Lil Suzy' (http://musikandfilm.com/musik-and-film-records-nominates-cambodia-band-krom-for-grammy/). Check out the video below for an introduction to the music of Krom.


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


Weekly Gig Guide - Commencing Thursday the 21st July 2016


Latest Gigs

Thursday  21-Jul-2016
  • 8:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam , Phil Javelle and Rhiannon Johnson at The Governor's House Boutique Hotel
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Kampot Playboys at Duplex Taverne Belge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Elmo , Dj Trip Designer and DJ/VJ X76 at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star and DJ Kiss at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 10:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater , Oscar's Band and Dave at Oscar's On The Corner
Friday  22-Jul-2016
  • 6:00 PM ~ Clay George at Farm to Table
  • 7:00 PM ~ The Chi-Town Players at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • 7:00 PM ~ Sarah Gee and Jon Banules at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 7:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam , Phil Javelle and Diego Dimarques at The D22
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ace Zapa at est. bar
  • 8:30 PM ~ Joe & The Jumping Jacks at Bassac Lane
  • 8:30 PM ~ Tony Elchico at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater , Adrien Gayraud and Chuck Villar at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Electrick Universe at Meta House
  • 10:00 PM ~ Oscar's Band , Ratha and Srey Ka at Oscar's On The Corner
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
Saturday  23-Jul-2016
  • 7:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam , Phil Javelle and Norman King at Mestizo
  • 8:00 PM ~ Diego Dimarques at Mao's
  • 8:30 PM ~ Miss Sarawan Band at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • 8:30 PM ~ Clay George and Larry Martinez at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 8:30 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJane Sao Sopheak and Andy Freak at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Mute Speaker at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ Metro Band at Sharky Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Moi Tiet! at Oscar's On The Corner
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest and Dj Rockit at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Flo at The Pontoon Pulse
Sunday  24-Jul-2016
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic at Sharky Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star , DJ Maily and DJ Kiss at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 10:00 PM ~ Danny and Antti at Oscar's On The Corner
Monday  25-Jul-2016
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star and DJ Kiss at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 10:00 PM ~ Oscar's Band , Ratha and Srey Ka at Oscar's On The Corner
Tuesday  26-Jul-2016
  • 6:00 PM ~ Open mic at Japan Guitar Shop at Japan Guitar Shop & Cafe
  • 8:00 PM ~ Open Stage Hosted by Woody Dares at Stray Cats Guesthouse in Sihanouk Ville
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star and DJ Kiss at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 10:00 PM ~ Oscar's Band , Pavel Ramirez and Chris at Oscar's On The Corner
Wednesday  27-Jul-2016
  • 7:00 PM ~ The Acoustic Criminals at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ritchy & Friends and Euan Gray at est. bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam and Phil Javelle at The Bouchon Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Star and Dj Racky at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 10:00 PM ~ Danny and Antti at Oscar's On The Corner
  • 11:00 PM ~ Dj Nora Haidee at The Pontoon Pulse
Coming Up
  • The Chi-Town Players at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • Joe Wrigley at Farm to Table
  • Mathias Boegner and Loo Bang Hean * at Meta House
  • JADermeister at Oscar's On The Corner
  • Ace Zapa at est. bar
  • Nightmare A.D. and Knell at Oscar's On The Corner
  • The Kampot Playboys at Banyan Tree in Kampot, Oscar's On The Corner
  • Toma Willen, Seb Adnot, Larry Martinez and Norman King at Jazz Club Phnom Penh
  • Miss Sarawan at Mestizo
  • Lewis Pragasam, Metta Legita, Steve Sutcliffe and Saridin at The Governor's House Boutique Hotel
  • Scott Bywater, Oscar's Band and Chris at Oscar's On The Corner
  • Oscar's Band, Ratha and Srey Ka at Oscar's On The Corner, Oscar's On The Corner
  • Danny and Antti at Oscar's On The Corner, Oscar's On The Corner
  • Oscar's Band, Pavel Ramirez and Chris at Oscar's On The Corner
  • DJ Wah-Wah at The Pontoon Pulse
  • Dj Elmo, Dj Trip Designer and DJ/VJ X76 at Meta House
  • DJ Lefty, DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • Tim Coates, DJ Alan Ritchie and Dj Nora Haidee at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Flo and DJ Achaya at The Pontoon Pulse
  • PERFORMANCE / LIVE MUSIC / COMEDY SHOW at Meta House
  • Sunday DRUM JAM at Farm to Table

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 14th July 2016


Joie de vivre!

Happy French National Day! As befitting a city with such a strong French community, there are a number of Bastille Day-themed events taking place in Phnom Penh tonight. Maestro Phil Javelle will be at the Governor's House with partner-in-rhythm Lewis Pragasam and guest vocalist Magali Nicolas. Kiss Kiss Bong will be performing 'pop and folk classics, French and English songs' at Tonle Bassac hangout Cloud. The newly-formed trio consists of Alice on violin, Solene on piano and Remi on cajon. 

 
video: Norman King (tenor sax, right of picture) guested with Richy & Friends at Est. Bar

Over at Est. Bar tonight, Richy & Friends will be reprising their excellent jazz ensemble. It is really quite something to see Larry Martinez (keys), Andrey Meshcheryakov (bass) and Euan Gray (tenor sax) tearing through jazz classics with their dazzling technical ability, energy and passion - while drummer Richy Boisson keeps the quartet moving along with his deft touch and clockwork timing.

The lesser-spotted jazz guitarist:
Takeshi Yamauchi at Bouchon
– pic: Takeshi Yamauchi Facebook

While Phnom Penh is fortunate to have some really excellent Jazz musicians playing around town on a weekly basis, the art of jazz guitar playing is somewhat under-represented at the moment. We could name several hot drummers, horn players, keyboardists and bassists but it is much harder to find a gigging guitar player with those hard-won jazz chops. Takeshi Yamauchi of the Japan Guitar Shop is perhaps the sole practitioner to be heard at the moment. Takeshi will bringing his beautiful archtop guitars and expert playing to Farm to Table on Friday, accompanying the smooth jazz vocals of his partner Machiko. Jazz music lovers in the Kingdom of Wonder be advised that a new dedicated live club will be opening in Phnom Penh within the next couple of weeks – watch this Leng Pleng space for more details!




Danny Lumen at Oscar's – pic: Jim Heston
A true veteran of the Phnom Penh music scene will be in action on multiple occasions this weekend. As a house player for Memphis Pub, Oscar Bar and scores of other bands and venues, bassist Danny Lumen has been one of the musical foundations of the city since the mid-nineties. The indefatigable Filipino has recently dusted off his upright bass to lend an authentic 1950's element to rockabilly trio Joe & The Jumping Jacks. Danny will be joining the Jacks at new venue Botanico early on Saturday evening. The hugely versatile and skilled bassist will also be appearing with hard rock trio JADermeister at Sharky Bar on Friday night and the Oscar's On The Corner house band Antti-Venom on Sunday evening. Rock on Danny!

Sharky Bar have scheduled a bumper Battle of The Bands for early next month. Organiser Aleksei Khalchenia has put forward a first prize of 'a full sound recording session (including mixing & mastering) with a professional sound producer. Other prizes will be awarded from sponsors and Sharky Bar.' To sign up for the event, set to take place on the 5th, 6th and 12th August, contact Aleksei via Lioha-h@mail.ru
'Not just rock’n’roll but spaced-out rock’n’roll jungle cabaret!' pic – CSP website
More exciting news has reached Leng Pleng Towers this week - from mission control of The Cambodian Space Project. Space commander Julien Poulson filled us in on the band's tour plans over the next few months, which will include performances at the Splendor In The Grass festival in Byron Bay, the No Borders festival in Bern, and further dates in Geneva, Brussels and Singapore! The Cambodian Space Project plan to play on home soil again in August – check out the band's website for all the latest updates. In the meantime, CSP have released a suite of new music videos – each of the tracks produced by legendary U.S. music producer Jim Diamond and recorded at Siem Reap's own 60 Road Studios. Check out the promo for Demon Lover below and see Julien's Youtube channel for all the CSP videos.


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

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