With December almost half gone already, counting down the last days of the decade, here we go with yet another packed week in Phnom Penh – and indeed, further afield.
Tonight the WIRED night of sound and visual experiments continues at Meta House, L.A.B. bring you the first of many Latin performances this weekend with Marco Antonio Alonso, Leo Curran sings at Alchemy, Geography of the Moon are at Sundance, and the Extraordinary Chambers rock out at Oscar’s on the Corner.
For acoustic Fridays, Hot Club de Phnom Penh are at Farm to Table, Robin Narciso is at Botanico, Lisa Concepcion at Mikawa and Pablo Enrique “Poca” de Feo launches his new album at LF Garden (see Passing Chords below). Meanwhile, Mirasol and Arone put their soul in at L.A.B., Samsara are at Alchemy, Pervez, Antonio and Denver are carolling at Cloud, and The Sock Essentials perform as part of the Art for Eyes charity auction at The Exchange. The tribute this week at Hard Rock Café is Classic Rock & Heavy Metal, there’s more Latin at Bassac Lane with Sabor Caliente, Geography of the Moon are at LF Social Club and the blues of Chi-Town comes to Oscar’s on the Corner.
Also notable on Friday night is the 14th anniversary party for Alley Cat/Tacos Kokopelli, one of the longest running music venues in Phnom Penh – featuring performances by Joe Wrigley and Marianna Hensley – celebrations continue on Sunday with the regular Sunday Sundowner Sessions open mic.
On Saturday evening Peter Doyle is at Villa Grange, while across town there’s the Music Arts School Monthly Teacher Concert. PRERNA and Clay George exchange sets at Garage Party XXI, while Jared Bibler is at Botanico, and visiting Will Henderson is at Alchemy. Vibratone is back and will play The Hangout, Arome Khmer is at The K’s, and The Schkoots take their europunk to Oscar’s on the Corner.
You can keep the Latin going with the regular Hops Sunday and Bouchon Wednesday gigs coming up featuring Marco Antonio Alonso and Cecile Dahome respectively.
Out of town, Kampot has Ernie Buck at the Magic Sponge on Saturday night, and a double bill of Bamboo Train and Geography of the Moon at Karma Traders on Tuesday. Siem Reap is similarly blessed, with the regular live band at The Harbour on Friday, and on Saturday The Sock Essentials are at Star Bar and while SamRocker Band is at Pomme.
Wings&Beers in Tuol Tom Pong is preparing for a Battle of the Bands – with a cash prize and other sponsored encouragements – and they welcome inquiries from bands who wish to take part. Any genre, open to all.
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This mysterious instrument
Indian fusion duo PRERNA (a Hindi word meaning inspiration) will perform at Garage Party XXI, alternating sets with Clay George, on Saturday night. Thomas Hommeyer will be playing the only sitar in the country alongside Pervez Gulzar, more commonly seen with the Boxchords.
“Sitar is one of those things – this mysterious instrument. My aunt gave me the Revolver album when I was six, she was an actress in California who would send me Beatles albums to try and work her way into my mind, which worked wonderfully. I thought that’s a funny sounding thing. And as I got older – you’re always aware of a sitar, and there’s Ravi Shankar and more of George Harrison, but you never really actually think of playing it.”
Passing Chords: a few things you might not know about…
Pablo Enrique “Poca” de Feo. After a couple of visa runs from Vietnam, Argentinian singer-songwriter Pablo fell in love with Cambodia, and has been playing his soulful Latin guitar at various Phnom Penh venues. This Friday evening he plays LF Garden, where he will play songs from his new album,
Your pet musical hate:
I don’t like this music that is very new and is only for move the arse, reggaetón. Not like the old Latin music, salsa, the old school, I love this so much. But reggaetón – the lyric is very stupid.
A private musical indulgence:
I like so much Leo Masliah. You feel something very different in him, and he’s a classical musician too. He is very strange and creative, and he has humour too, and I also like to work with humour. Like him I sing more in Spanish, and my humour is in Spanish.
The year you first came to Cambodia:
2019. About ten months ago.
An early music memory:
When I was young I sang all the time, at very high volume. My mother was a director of a choir, so I went with her to many events. Then later came the rock’n’roll, and I listened to The Beatles, and Charly Garcia – he is one of my important references in rock’n’roll.
Your favourite food:
I like pho, the Vietnamese soup, so much. And handmade Chinese noodles.
What you do on a night off:
Sometimes I meet with friends, go and listen to other musicians. Also I love the cinema and the theatre, but here I feel outside of the theatre, so I like to see movies.
The country you want to visit:
Indonesia. I am very interested to discover more about Asia. I like to see how people live.
A stage habit or superstition you have:
I talk with the spirits – the phantoms are not real, so when I see one I have no fear. I think if you put energy in, you will create something, and that is part of the art.
Something people might be surprised to know about you:
I am like a gitano, that is my experience right now – I have only two things: my guitar and my motorbike.
A question from last week’s participant, Euan Gray: If you had to trade your music talent for another talent, what would it be?
Writing, to write novels and for the theatre.
A question for next week’s participant:
Do you think that following your passion makes your life easier or more difficult?
Steve Porte Photo of the Week
Preparations for the special Christmas Carols event held by Phnom Penh Sunday Sing at Botanico, Sunday 8 December.
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Stay safe out there, and see you around the traps.