Weekly wrap – Commencing Thursday 19 September 2019


The last hurrah before Pchum Ben makes things much quieter for at least one weekend.

On Friday The Goldilocks Zone return to Bassac Lane, Grass Snake Trio swing into Farm to Table, and Gerard Evans & Mathias Aspelin are all about the jazz at BotanicoLisa Conception and Joshua Chiang team up at The Bodleian, Antonio and the Experiments take their chemistry to Alchemy, Gonzalo and Paco are at LF Garden, and K’n’E are in charge at Oscar’s on the Corner.

Come Saturday evening there’s Mini Gusto Festival at the Futures Factory, a teaser for Massive Gusto, a music festival planned for later this year, and more traditionally, the launch party for Cambodian Living Arts’ Arts4Peace Festival at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center at the Royal University of Phnom PenhKWest Restaurant also celebrates International Day of Peace with a Peace, Love and Music event featuring jazz, Cambodian and Indian music – see our weekly feature below.   And Cloud is holding a Garden Festival through the afternoon and into the night, featuring a flea market and new duo One Girl Six Strings.

Elsewhere on Saturday night, Lisa Conception is at Botanico, Chi-Town is at Alchemy, Unity Band is at The K’s and K’n’E look after Oscar’s on the Corner.

On Monday night, your last chance to catch the Cambodia Country Band at Oscar’s on the Corner before they take a couple of months off to water their horses.

Also this week: Singer-songwriter Ernie Buck has quietly released another Phnom Penh-recorded (by RJ Marshall) song on Bandcamp, Chip Pan Fire for streaming, download, or general amusement.


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The Leng Pleng Weekly Feature

A peace of jazz

The International Day of Peace, established by the United Nations in 1981, is celebrated on 21 September.  This year it falls on a Saturday, and on Saturday night, KWest Restaurant presents a night of peace, love and music, featuring  jazz, traditional Cambodian and Indian music.  Finnish pianist Mathias Aspelin leads the band, and he sat down with Leng Pleng this week.

“I’ve always been passionate about classical music, but I started to improvise quite early on, and that was my strength, improvisation.  I think there’s something magical when you create something in the moment.  At 17 I used to work underage in a jazz club, selling beer, and all these great jazz players came in.  It’s a live music, you have to experience it live to become really passionate about it.”

Read the whole feature here.

Passing Chords:  a few things you might not know about…

Adrien Gayraud.  Best known as a bass player and sound technician and producer, Adrien’s wide musical abilities have seen him play with everyone from the Cambodian Space Project and Kok Thlok to Moi Tiet and the Riverside Raybans to The Schkoots and Funan Beat Empire.  He’ll also be filling in on bass with The Extraordinary Chambers for the next few Thursdays at Oscar’s on the Corner.

Your pet musical hate:
Musicians being condescending or selfish.  The attitude of “I am playing for myself and I am the best!”

A private musical indulgence:
Marching bands.

The year you came to Cambodia:
2010, in December.

An early music memory:
Listening to Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd on vinyl with my father at home.  And also going to see my father playing, if I could, if it was not too late.  He sang, played guitar, bass and organ.  He wasn’t a professional but he was always in a band.

Your favourite food:
Tartiflette.  A French dish, from Savoy.  Basically it’s potatoes, ham and cheese in the oven, with a good wine.  That’s it.

What you do on a night off:
I enjoy time with my daughter.

The country you want to visit:
Bhutan.  I’ve seen some pictures and kind of fell in love, a bit like Cambodia when I was young, seeing images of Cambodia when I was 11 years old.

A stage superstition you have:
A little bit with the theatrical superstition of not wearing green.  And having a rehearsal just before a show, that’s bad.

Something people might be surprised to know about you:
I’ve done many things in my life: from computers and networking to cinema and 3D animation.  The thing I loved the best was to be a musician for excellent directors in amazing theatre.  I love the research of sound, of feelings through the creation process, and then when your music supports the strength of an actor during the performance, it is just so… no words for that sensation!

A question from last week’s participant:
What’s the most unusual instrument you’ve seen played live?

It was a kind of a mechanism, a big machine, and the guy was playing also with sticks, and the sticks bounced in time.  He could also throw the sticks and they would come back to him.  Like a juggler working with a mechanism.  It was in Aurillac, south central France, at a theatre festival back in 2008.

A question for next week’s participant:
Is acting an important part of your on-stage performance?

Steve Porte Photo of the Week

Mike Dynamo
of Hypnotic Fist Technique and The 99 Boyz, seen here at Duplex’s Delirium Tremens Beer Party last weekend.

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Stay safe out there, and see you around the traps.

your correspondent,

Guillermo Wheremount




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