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Cross-cultural music scores

TRADITIONAL Cambodian and Lao musicians have been working together this week, creating a piece to be played at two free concerts tomorrow and Saturday at 7pm at the French Cultural Centre’s cinema (CCF).

The three Lao and nine Cambodians have been working on their music under the leadership of Cambodian national, Keo Dorivan.

Having previously played in Laos, Dorivan, who is both a musician and a teacher at the Royal University of Fine Arts and plays flute and khène – a traditional Lao bamboo mouth organ – wanted to invite Lao musicians to his country for a cultural exchange.

“Khène accompanies all the ceremonies of daily life in Laos,” said Olivier Planchon, deputy director of the French Cultural Centre.

On Sunday, six Cambodian musicians from NGO Phare Ponleu Selpak will accompany early 20th-century silent comedy films. These will be screened free of charge at the Freedom Park  at 7pm.

The musicians, who have been rehearsing tirelessly, promise the musical score will provide plenty of giggles.

The Freedom Park is located on Street 108, between streets 51 and 63.

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