Weekly Wrap – Commencing Thursday the 7th July 2016

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“I was looking to see if our gig at Oscar’s was listed in the Phnom
Penh Post and on the page that had the gig listings there was an
article about this new state-of-the-art studio that had recently
opened in Siem Reap called 60
Road Studios
. I said to the guys at the time, as and when we’ve
got an album to record, maybe we should think about coming back and
doing it there. I thought that would be a great experience and great
fun to record an album away from Hong Kong and actually immerse
ourselves in the process. …and here we are, fifteen or sixteen
months later and that is exactly what we are doing.
Most of our colleagues and contemporaries and friends in Hong Kong
think we’re going for a holiday! But the reality is that we arrive,
we play a gig, we’re in the studio for seven days, we play another
gig and then we fly back. In many ways, as far as I’m concerned, it’s
a working trip… but obviously we hope to see a bit of Angkor and
enjoy some of the Khmer hospitality as well.”
Cambodia… Kingdom of Angkorian Wonder… vibrant arts and music
melting pot… and now a destination for international bands looking
to record their next album! The
will this week be following The
Cambodian Space Project
into the growing list of luminaries
to have recorded their music at the 60
Road Studios
complex in Siem Reap. English rockers The Sleeves
will be book-ending their recording sessions with two gigs: the first
of which will take place this weekend at X-Bar. For a healthy
dose of ‘Zeppelin-style drums, British indie-rock guitars and
danceable bass grooves
‘, check out The Sleeves
supported by talented new X-Bar house band Rubra –
this Saturday night. The Hong-Kong based quartet will also be at
Galaxy Club in Siem Reap next Saturday the 16th.
Band leader Keith Goodman discoursed in detail for Leng
regarding the sound of The Sleeves, the
process of making an album of original songs, and the experience of
running a small, independent, and popular music venue in Hong Kong.
Read the full Q&A here.
Under construction: The Mestizo Jungle Bar opens on Saturday.
Roberto Traina/Mestizo

Small independent music venues such as Showbox are the
creative lifeblood of the music scene in Phnom Penh. Mestizo
is a new venue, co-owned by musicians Roberto Traina and
Aymen Ghali. The opening party on Saturday will feature sets
by French hip-hop duo 12ME and Papa Dub and DJ Kaztet Dee.
We are not yet sure what the guys’ future plans are for live music at
the venue, but we are hoping that Mestizo will be another
creative space for artists and musicians to meet up. There will
certainly be a lot of cool people in attendance and cool things
happening on Saturday night. 

Stunning: Ai Iwasaki – pic via the
advisor cambodia
Ai Iwasaki and Giovanni De Cecco
will be performing pieces by Venetian baroque composer Antonio
Vivaldi at Meta House on Sunday night. Mezzo Soprano Ai
has a stunning voice capable of wowing the audiences of
large concert halls and opera houses. Hearing her sing in a small
recital room is a sublime treat for the soul. Pianist Giovanni De
and violinist Zoe Dayon will accompany Ai – and also
perform instrumental renditions of Vivaldi pieces.
Penh-based Pianist-singer-composer
Amanda Bloom has
a number of great videos on her Youtube
– most recently this beautiful piano improvisation
Check out the video below – and prepare to drop whatever you are
doing and be transfixed by some beautiful and
delicate sounds. Leng
hopes to hear Amanda
play live in Cambodia again sometime soon.
Whatever you’re up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and… see you around the traps!

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