Wrap & Latest Gigs

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 17th May 2018

May is the month in which expats begin to peel off from the Phnom Penh music scene like guests at the end of a dinner party. The West certainly seems a whole lot more appealing in the summer months, and especially so this year when a certain political event is scheduled to take place in The Kingdom of Wonder. Naturally, the hardcore will remain behind and drink it all in, for better or worse, as the more sensible Penh-pats book a long-haul flight and look forward to seeing family and friends and taking summer walks in the park. Here at Leng Pleng Towers, deep in the backstreets of Phnom Penh, we bid our departing musical friends farewell for now and feel sure it won’t be too long before we see them around the traps once more. It’s hard to stay away from this place… it’s just too much fun.

RJ Marshall will be enjoying one last soiree with longtime musical collaborator Tin at Tacos Kokopelli this Friday night – before RJ makes the trip to his homeland in Europe. Performing together in Cambodian ‘dirty blues’ band Phnom Skor, Tin and RJ have a repertoire of mixed language, genre-defying takes on American roots music. When he is not performing in Phnom Skor, teaching, guest bartending or otherwise being the coolest guy in Cambodia, Tin is the lead vocalist of deathcore/black metal band Sliten6ix. Subtropical Asia this week released an interesting short film giving some background on the band:

Meta House presents the latest classical recital to take place in their downstairs gallery space this Sunday. Like a beacon of cultural musical delight, these semi-regular concerts provide a rare chance to hear quality classical music in Phnom Penh. Pianist Nathan Harmon replaces Bali-bound cellist Marcin Maciejewski as the latest member of the Phnom Penh String Quartet & Ensembles – playing a program of compositions by Massenet, Brahms, Mozart and Dvorak.

Guitar Wizard: Rodino is about to begin a weekly residency at Bouchon, and will also perform at Farm to Table this Friday night. Pic: supplied

Bouchon have recently expanded their weekly music schedule to include regular solo spots by acoustic performer Lisa Concepcion, jazzman Gerard Evans and guitarist extraordinaire Gonzalo Rodino. Gonzalo, a most welcome recent returnee to the Phnom Penh music scene, will kick off his residency this Tuesday. Wednesday night at Bouchon will see another extraordinary performance by the ‘Balkan Boys’. Aymen Ghali, Stan Paleco and Andrey Meshcheryakov banded together around one month ago to learn a challenging repertoire of Eastern-European flavoured instrumental music. These driving rhythms and fierce tunes are not for the faint-hearted, featuring difficult alternate tempos and complex melodies. The result is something different from the norm and definitely worth checking out. While we cannot lay our Leng Pleng hands on any video footage of the ‘Balkan Boys’, here is a beautiful snippet of another Aymen Ghali project: a tango recorded in the upstairs dining room at Chinese House in Phnom Penh, with Metta Legita and Jedil Robelo. Such is the acoustic and the aesthetic of this splendid space, one does wonder why we don’t see more gigs in there!

Whatever you’re up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and… see you around the traps!


Joe Wrigley

Weekly Gig Guide - Commencing Thursday the 17th May 2018

Latest Gigs


Friday  18-May-2018
Saturday  19-May-2018
Sunday  20-May-2018
Monday  21-May-2018
Tuesday  22-May-2018
Wednesday  23-May-2018
Coming Up
  • DJ Gang, Dj FunkII Pro and DJ PYRO (USA) at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest and DILLYDADON at Pontoon
  • Musica Felice choir at Sofitel Hotel
  • Boxchords at FCC – Rooftop Bar
  • Road to Mandalay at Oscar’s On The Corner
  • Oscar’s Band at Oscar’s On The Corner, Oscar’s On The Corner and Oscar’s On The Corner
  • Cameron and Eli Cheam at Botanico Wine & Beer Garden
  • Phil O’Flaherty at Botanico Wine & Beer Garden
  • Saska Chewan at Red Bar