OUR WORK: Nirmita Composers Workshop

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.


“To me, Cambodia has successfully preserved its traditions. What’s needed now is to create new music. [Through Nirmita Workshop], we took the first step”

Chinary UNG

“I envision that we can create the repertoire for the next generation to come”

– IP Theary, Traditional musician


Asia Center, Japan Foundation

European Union

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

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