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
      Wai Yan MAUNG MAUNGMusician, Myanmar
      • TUAN Vu Van
        TUAN Vu VanMusician, Vietnam
        • TRANG Hoang Thi
          TRANG Hoang ThiVocalist, Vietnam
          • TIP Savry
            TIP SavryVocalist, Cambodia
            • Tetsutaro TAKE
              Tetsutaro TAKEMusician, Japan
              • Tadagawa LEO
                Tadagawa LEOMusician, Japan
                • Suchet MALHOTRA
                  Suchet MALHOTRAArtistic Leader, India
                  • San Sint MAUNG MAUNG
                    San Sint MAUNG MAUNGMusician, Myanmar
                    • SAM Dara
                      SAM DaraVocalist, Cambodia
                      • POV Punisa
                        POV PunisaMusician, Cambodia
                        • PONLOK Shila
                          PONLOK ShilaMusician, Cambodia
                          • PONG Pon
                            PONG PonMusician, Cambodia
                            • PHONGSIDA Souvanxay
                              PHONGSIDA SouvanxayMusician, Laos
                              • PHETSAMONE Thephasone
                                PHETSAMONE ThephasoneMusician, Laos
                                • Peeyush NEPAL
                                  Peeyush NEPALMusician, India
                                  • LY Makara
                                    LY MakaraMusician, Cambodia
                                    • Kittipan CHITTEP
                                      Kittipan CHITTEPMusician, Thailand
                                      • KAO Sokuntarvry
                                        KAO SokuntarvryArtistic Leader, Cambodia
                                        • KANN Sophat
                                          KANN SophatMusician, Cambodia
                                          • Himansh PANDEY
                                            Himansh PANDEYMusician, India
                                            • HEANG Chhun Heng
                                              HEANG Chhun HengMusician, Cambodia
                                              • Guneet KAUR
                                                Guneet KAURVocalist, India
                                                • Elise GAYRAUD
                                                  Elise GAYRAUDMusician, England
                                                  • DIEB Danith
                                                    DIEB DanithMusician, Cambodia
                                                    • CHOCK Kim Own
                                                      CHOCK Kim OwnArtistic Leader, Cambodia
                                                      • CHANG Yu-Jen
                                                        CHANG Yu-JenMusician, Taiwan
                                                        • Apichaya MALIWAN
                                                          Apichaya MALIWANMusician, Thailand
                                                          • Anna GUSTAVSSON
                                                            Anna GUSTAVSSONArtistic 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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