OUR WORK: Ethno Cambodia

PROGRAM: Heritage Hub
AIMED AT: Young traditional musicians from Cambodia, the Mekong region and the world


Ethno Cambodia is a week-long music workshop for young musicians and singers from Cambodia, the Mekong Region, and beyond, with a passion for sharing, learning, and teaching traditional music.

The 30 young musicians will live and learn together, sharing music and cultures to each other. Every participant is a student and a teacher at the same time.

Through a combination of workshops, jam sessions and performances, these young musicians share their musical heritage with each other and at the end of the workshop, they will play and celebrate it together as one large ensemble in two public concerts.

Where: Heritage Hub, Wat Bo, Siem Reap
When: 7-14 January 2019
Who: 30 young musicians from Cambodia, the Mekong Region and beyond
What: Learn traditional music from each other and arrange the tunes as one global music orchestra

Join the Ethno Concerts!

Date & Time: 6pm, Saturday 12 January 2019

Location: Preah Dak Commune Hall, Preah Dak Commune, Banteay Srey District, Siem Reap

Date & Time: 7pm, Sunday 13 January 2019

Location: Heritage Hub, Wat Bo, Wat Bo Road, Siem Reap


We held an open call for musicians from all over the world, and were really happy to see so many participants from Cambodia and the Mekong region, as well as elsewhere in Asia and the rest of the world! Congratulations to all of the artists – get to know them here:

  • YANG Chih Po (Jipo)
    YANG Chih Po (Jipo) Musician, Taiwan
    Wai Yan MAUNG MAUNG Musician, Myanmar
  • TUAN Vu Van
    TUAN Vu Van Musician, Vietnam
  • TRANG Hoang Thi
    TRANG Hoang Thi Vocalist, Vietnam
  • TIP Savry
    TIP Savry Vocalist, Cambodia
  • Tetsutaro TAKE
    Tetsutaro TAKE Musician, Japan
  • Tadagawa LEO
    Tadagawa LEO Musician, Japan
  • Suchet MALHOTRA
    Suchet MALHOTRA Artistic Leader, India
  • San Sint MAUNG MAUNG
    San Sint MAUNG MAUNG Musician, Myanmar
  • SAM Dara
    SAM Dara Vocalist, Cambodia
  • POV Punisa
    POV Punisa Musician, Cambodia
  • PONLOK Shila
    PONLOK Shila Musician, Cambodia
  • PONG Pon
    PONG Pon Musician, Cambodia
  • PHONGSIDA Souvanxay
    PHONGSIDA Souvanxay Musician, Laos
  • PHETSAMONE Thephasone
    PHETSAMONE Thephasone Musician, Laos
  • Peeyush NEPAL
    Peeyush NEPAL Musician, India
  • LY Makara
    LY Makara Musician, Cambodia
  • Kittipan CHITTEP
    Kittipan CHITTEP Musician, Thailand
  • KEAT Sokim
    KEAT Sokim Artistic Leader, Cambodia
  • KAO Sokuntarvry
    KAO Sokuntarvry Artistic Leader, Cambodia
  • KANN Sophat
    KANN Sophat Musician, Cambodia
  • Himansh PANDEY
    Himansh PANDEY Musician, India
  • HEANG Chhun Heng
    HEANG Chhun Heng Musician, Cambodia
  • Guneet KAUR
    Guneet KAUR Vocalist, India
  • Elise GAYRAUD
    Elise GAYRAUD Musician, England
  • DIEB Danith
    DIEB Danith Musician, Cambodia
  • CHOCK Kim Own
    CHOCK Kim Own Artistic Leader, Cambodia
  • CHANG Yu-Jen
    CHANG Yu-Jen Musician, Taiwan
  • Apichaya MALIWAN
    Apichaya MALIWAN Musician, Thailand
    Anna GUSTAVSSON Artistic Leader, Sweden

What is Ethno?

Ethno is JM International’s program for folk, world and traditional music. The program, founded in 1990, is aimed at young musicians with a mission to revive and keep alive global cultural heritage amongst youth. Present today in over 20 countries, Ethno engages young people through series of annual international summer music camps, as well as workshops by working together with schools, conservatories and other groups of youth. Ethno provides a unique opportunity for young people from across the globe to come together and engage through music in a manner that is characterised by respect, generosity and openness.

Read more about Ethno here

Video credit: Peter ALHBOM | Taken at Ethno Sweden in 2017


Hear from the artists:

KEAT Sokim took part in Ethno Germany in 2017. He will be one of the artistic leaders of Ethno Cambodia. He says:

“In Germany last year, it was great to meet other artists from around the world. We played the music and songs that each of us brought from our home country. We communicated and learned from each other, understanding more about each other’s countries and cultures. Here in Cambodia and in the Mekong region, we have a huge variety of cultures and arts – some similar, some very different from each other. I hope that Ethno Cambodia will be a platform where local, regional, and global artists can come together. and learn more about each other. I’m very excited to see what happens in the exchange sessions, rehearsals, concerts, and just chatting and sharing with other artists.”


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