Weekly wrap – commencing Thursday 18 February 2021


Greetings from Siem Reap: Guillermo Wheremount is on tour.

Son Sabor Latin Triosee last week’s weekly feature – continue their Phnom Penh tour tonight at Trattoria Bello, then Friday at Azure and Saturday at Botanico.

Also tonight you can find Major/Minor at Raffles Le Royale, a tango night at Lantern with Los Primos, and jam sessions at two new Tuol Tom Pong venues – Sam’s and Bosporus.  There’s also The Sundance Kings at Sundance and K’n’E at Oscar’s on the Corner.

Friday night brings A Night In Rio at The Plantation, featuring Aguita E’ Coco, the Femke Duo are at Pavilion, while Scotch’n’Soda (Marianna and James) are at Green Pepper.   The 99 Boyz make their return at Alchemy, the Khmer Magic Music Bus are at Bouchon, and Little Thieves are at Bassac Lane.  TheBlueSouls come back to Oscar’s on the Corner with K’n’E to follow late.

On Saturday, Bosporus celebrate their (postponed) grand opening with Pros & Cons, and The Goldilocks Zone are at Sam’s (site of the old Ege Bar).  Marianna & Joe are at The Box Office, there’s a gypsy jazz night featuring Intan, Stan , Aymen and new violinist Sharon Lui at Aquarius, and Alchemy hosts a night of jazz with Funky Sueyoshi & FriendsK’n’E take it late at Oscar’s on the Corner.

In Siem Reap this weekend, Wine O’clock are doing their regular Friday (Scott Bywater, The Swamp Rats and Casafro) and Saturday (Are Jay & Mary Ann, Kevin & the Vagabonds) Musizone shows, while the Knights of Groove play The Shack at Pomme on Friday and are back there on Sunday to host the jam.  In Kampot, Boxchords debut at Monkey Republic on Saturday.

Coming up next week, Peter Doyle is Downstairs@Oscar on Monday, Blues Routes celebrate a Musikaleidoskope with chapei player Sokim Cheat at Meta House on Tuesday, and Intan Andriana is at PREI on Wednesday.

Pervez Gulzar, of PRERNA, Boxchords and The Sundance Kings, has launched a YouTube channel that features videos from his various and several projects – including PRERNA doing Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir.

TeenFreaks Music, a side project of our friends Geography of the Moon, currently stranded in Scotland, have today released a new charity compilation album, Music for Mutual Aid, that features several songs by Cambodian based and Cambodian linked acts, including Sochi & Stan/Professor Kinski (number one on the KampotRadio top 100 2020), GOTM themselves, Ernie Buck, Jared Bibler, Justin Frew, Scoddy, Jason Shaw (ex-CSP) and much more, across a range of styles.  Available via download from Bandcamp.com.   Profits will go to Glasgow Mutual Aid, who support people in need.  Over the weekend the album was acknowledged and promoted by Belle & Sebastian.

A reminder that Ernie Buck has released a new single on Bandcamp, Spotify, YouTube and all the other places: Avocado.

The Box Office is now enrolling for a Skhool of Rock for kids 10 – 16 years old, a course of eight weeks that will see experienced musicians mentoring younger performers (not, they point out, a baby-sitting service; parents are encouraged to relax with a pint and a plate and not leave young rockers to be picked up a couple of hours later).  Check it out here.


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

Frank Scarfone.  Leader of TheBlue Souls, guitar and vocals.  They play on Friday night at Oscar’s on the Corner.

Do you have a pet musical hate?
The fake Ernie Ball guitar strings that are on sale in Cambodia.  I was breaking so many strings – once or twice a week.  Now I order direct from the US.

A private musical indulgence:
Music from the 90s, really bad pop.

The year you first came to Cambodia:
December 2018.  I was sending CVs around in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, but a studio here in Phnom Penh responded quickly.  I packed and came without knowing anything about the country.

An early music memory:
I remember singing karoake at two or three years old, I was spinning around while screaming something.  I was singing and spinning for four minutes, I’m surprised I didn’t vomit.

The last thing you had to eat:
Kuy teav cha.

A country you want to visit:
I want to visit South America, so Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Costa Rica.

A book or movie you keep going back to:
Into the Wild I saw two or three times.  It changed my way of thinking about life, I bought the soundtrack, I bought the book.

What languages do you have?
Italian, kind of English, and Calabrese, a dialect from the south of Italy where my parents are from.

Your primary instrument, and when you started playing it:
I played the flute in middle school.  I started to play guitar in university, I was 19 years old.  A friend of mine had an acoustic guitar and at the end of the night we’d stop and hang around in a park and play and sing, and that’s when I decided to learn guitar.

Something people might be surprised to know about you:
I’m an HSP, highly sensitive person, I get really overwhelmed with other people’s energy, and I don’t like to stay in crowded places.  It’s not because I don’t like it, it just makes me very tired and I need to rest.

You have a time machine and a magic ticket to one gig or festival in the past.  What do you choose?
BB King live at the Regal in 1964.

A question from last week’s participant, Nathan Fanoni:  If you were given the choice to stay in Cambodia and never go anywhere else ever again, or to leave Cambodia and never come back, which would you choose?
I will say never come back.  I love to travel, I want to see many other countries.  I love nature, and there are some landscapes here that cannot be found.

Musician/s seeking Musician/s

Want to list?  Contact us at lengplenggigs@gmail.com.

Leng Pleng also recommends the Facebook page Phnom Penh Open Mic as a resource for finding fellow players.

Steve Porte Photo of the Week

Marianna Hensley out front of a hastily formed line up of the Inbred Outlaws at Oscar’s on the Corner, Monday 15 February.

Let us know about any musical activities we haven’t captured:  lengplenggigs@gmail.com.

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

your correspondent,

Guillermo Wheremount






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