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Music Day hits the right note

World Music Day organisers, from left to right: Sokhoeun Ly and Sophat Soeung from Raja Restaurant Group, and musicians Olivier Roulin, Aya Urata, Philppe Ceulen and Fabien Lesecq.
World Music Day organisers, from left to right: Sokhoeun Ly and Sophat Soeung from Raja Restaurant Group, and musicians Olivier Roulin, Aya Urata, Philppe Ceulen and Fabien Lesecq. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Music Day hits the right note

A school band, a jazz pop ensemble and a ’60s Cambodian rock group will perform tomorrow for World Music Day 2014 at the fifth annual Fête de la Musique.

The program runs from 2pm until 2am, and this year the “musicians collective of Siem Reap” has partnered with the Raja Restaurant Group which owns Triangle Restaurant-Lounge-Bar, and will be staging the festival outside Triangle.

The collective comprises members of expat band Cambojam: Philippe Ceulen and Aya Urata (also from music education program MILO), and Fabien Lesecq and Oliver Roulin from X-Bar band, The X Rays.

World Music Day originated in France in 1982, when the French Ministry of Culture decided to encourage musicians to perform outside their usual locations, bringing music onto the streets

“The idea is that everybody who’s involved with music at whatever level can have a contribution,” Ceulen says. “So it’s amateur musicians, music schools, students, and professionals, whatever.”

In the past, World Music Day in Siem Reap has mostly been held at different venues around Pub St, but this it will be on a single stage to attract more of a crowd.

Manager of Triangle bar, Sophat Soeung ,says Raja is delighted to host the Fête de la Musique, particularly given Triangle’s tradition of live music – bands perform there seven nights a week. Both the Triangle house bands will play on the day.

The afternoon will kick off with a performance by the International School of Siem Reap school band, followed by DJs and bands including Cambodian rock band At Panha, crooner Ian Mendoza doing acoustic pop covers and then, later into the night, DJs Edwardowski and Sakura Bloom.

“We’ll have 12 hours of live music,” says Ceulen. “We pretty much have all the active bands in Siem Reap represented. As well as the foreigner musicians we also have two Cambodian bands playing – one will be from Feeling nightclub, and then we have a late-night band from Pyramid who in terms of performance I think are the strongest Cambodian band in Siem Reap. That’s going to be quite exciting.”

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