Two of the more talented members of the Phnom Penh music scene will be teaming up as a new duo this Friday at Farm to Table. Aymen Ghali (guitar) and Phil Javelle (keys, vocals) will be airing a repertoire of Latin-jazz style standards along the lines of ‘Black Orpheus’ and ‘Besame Mucho’. The special feature of their sound is the high level of musicianship, manifested in a tasteful manner, with a delicate interplay between piano and nylon-stringed guitar. Truly, something to savour.
The incredible Jahzad ensemble will return to Jazz Club Phnom Penh this Saturday night. Six of the best players in the land (Alex Scarpati, Euan Gray, Norman King, Toma Willen, Seb Adnot, Jan Mueller) will combine to revisit their energetic, ‘Skatalites’-inspired mash-up of Jazz and Ska. Check out the video above for a sample.
Moi-Tiet continue their evolution into a powerful five-man outfit fronted by the three guitars of Scott Bywater, Chuck Erz and Pavel Ramirez and backed up by a hard-hitting rhythm section comprising of Antti Siitonen and Adrien Gayraud. Each song the band performs is a Bywater original and each song has a rich texture with layers of guitar FX sounds and vocal harmonies combining to form a pretty solid block of rock.
DJ Jun: a new direction for the taciturn host of Zeppelin Bar. Pic: Rusty Compass
Bywater will be back in action at a brand-new music venue on Sunday night. The Zeppelin Cafe - in its current location on Street 278 and previous location on Street 51 - has long been one of the coolest hangouts in Phnom Penh. Owner Jun is the man to be found sitting amongst hundreds of vinyl LPs and old gig posters from the 1970’s and 1980’s. Jun has decided to take the plunge into live music land with a ‘summit’ gig featuring three different solo performers on Sunday night, with plans for a regular Sunday gig. In addition to a folk songs and originals from ‘Scoddy’, Chicago-born Jeffo Sills will handle the blues, while Canadian Clay George will take care of the country and Americana.
The Cambodian Space Project have released the below video, a trailer for an upcoming documentary movie of their recent recording and live concert exploits. These guys just don’t sit still! Enjoy and, as always, watch this space for more news from CSP.
Whatever you're up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!