PROGRAM: Heritage Hub
AIMED AT: Emerging composers and traditional musicians from around the Mekong
In July 2016, award-winning Cambodian-American composer Chinary UNG led a two-week workshop in Siem Reap, aiming to spark new creativity in composers from Cambodia and the wider Mekong.
10 emerging composers and traditional musicians from Cambodia, 2 emerging composers from the United States, as well as mentors and emerging composers from Laos and Myanmar worked intensively with a world-class faculty of composers and performers from 8 countries around Asia and the USA.
They studied technical skills, and took part in creative sessions, rehearsals, and performances. The students’ pieces were recorded at the end of the two weeks – the first time in living memory that traditional musicians have composed new work, as far as we know.
– IP Theary, Traditional musician
Asia Center, Japan Foundation
UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity
Asian Cultural Council
Embassy of the United States
University of California, San Diego
Royal University of Fine Arts, Cambodia
Memoire Hotels and Resorts, Siem Reap