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Launch of DVD "Neak Me - Our Mothers" April 10, 2010

SCREENING AND DEBATE : RESURGENCE OF A MUSICAL CULTURE IN THE KINGDOM OF WONDER: BETWEEN PRESERVATION AND EVOLUTION ? ORGANIZED FOR THE LAUNCH DVD OF THE NEAK ME - OUR MOTHERS CONCERT & 60-MN DVD DOCUMENTARY ON THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES STORY AT MONUMENT BOOKS - SATURDAY 10 APRIL 2010 – 4:00 PM A screening and debate will be held on Saturday, 10 April 2010, at 4 pm at Monument Books on “Resurgence of a musical culture in the Kingdom of Wonder: between conservation and evolution?” or how to achieve a balance between conservation (apireak) and evolution (apiwat) of traditional Cambodian music and dance. This debate will be led by bosbaPANH’s Artistic Director, Panh Meng Heang, and a number of leading Cambodian performers. The debate takes place during “bosbaPANH week” organized by Monument Books from 3-10 April 2010 for the launch of bosbaPANH’s two new DVDs. The first DVD is the two-hour October 2009 concert, Neak Mê – Our Mothers, which showcased the talents of then-12-year old soprano bosbaPANH, and 100 other accomplished Cambodian musicians. The concert was a remarkable success, drawing double the capacity of Chaktomuk Hall. Raoul Jennar, a French researcher, said of the concert: “It was a beautiful concert -- profoundly Khmer but through the selection of songs, also international. I was very impressed to see one so young and so talented”. Secretary of State for Tourism, HE So Mara, added: “We are promoting Cambodia as the Kingdom of Wonder. bosbaPANH is one of our wonders. She helps promote our country and will inspire other young artists”. The second DVD is a 60-minute ‘behind the scenes’ documentary made during rehearsals and the Neak Mê – Our Mothers concert. This offers a unique insight into the challenges of bringing together a large and wide range of performers, and explains their motivation in working with a much younger artist. A Khmer classical dance group and five very different orchestras came together for the concert – mohori, pinpeat, popular, western classic, and a brass band. The April 10 screening and debate marks the end of bosbaPANH Week at Monument Books. An exhibition from 3 to 10 April gives bookstore visitors an opportunity to learn more about the 13-year old performer. Photographs of bosbaPANH, music sheets and musical instruments used in the Neak Mê concert will be displayed along with bosbaPANH’s traditional and modern stage costumes. During the Neak Mê – Our Mothers concert, which was about the dedication and love of mothers, bosbaPANH sang a wide range of songs from an international and Khmer repertoire. Songs included Concierto de Aranjuez; Ave Maria; La Vie en Rose; Summer Time; traditional Khmer Mohori; and the elegant songs of King Father Norodom Sihanouk and of Khmer golden voice, Sin Sisamout. The DVD set, presented in an unusual format (a large square bag), offers high quality of design and film editing and demonstrates efforts in disseminating Khmer music with sub-titles in Khmer, French and English. It contains: the two DVDs and an attractive 24-page booklet in English and Khmer. This is illustrated with historic photographs, and gives the narration for the concert as well as the lyrics to selected songs. These old photographs take us back to Phnom Penh in the 1940s, showing the now disappearing colonial buildings, rural landscapes, clothing styles, and other evocative images from a happier past. The DVD pack, which is priced at $20, is available at a number of locations in Phnom Penh: Monument Books on 111 Norodom Boulevard; Monument Books’ branch at the airport; the three branches of Café Sentiment and Malis Restaurant. Monument Books is also selling the DVD pack at its branches in Siem Reap and at the city’s airport.

Free musical workshop for Children 20 Feb-2 March 2010

L'Atelier des Trois Tambours is a private association created by Louise and Patrick Marty to provide music education in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Paris (la Goutte d'Or where you have a large community of immigrants and the Government did not take care of this quarter very much). They train children but also adults in musical instruments and in choir. Louise and Patrick are musicians themselves and have three daughters who are musicians. Many years ago, they started a musical school in Benin. I think great ideas come up from meeting so many people at the Atelier des Trois Tambours. So two years ago, Louise and Patrick came to Phnom Penh to meet with friends here, and we were introduced to each other. Now they would love to start a school here as well. To see if it is possible to start such school, we are helping them put up a training workshop and invite children (from 8 to 15 years old) and music teachers to come for training from February 20th to March 2nd, 2010. Teachers attend the full day training and children come in the afternoon. If you are a musician or a teacher, contact my dad at bosbapanh@online.com.kh or 855-12 634 811 to get more information. You have to apply before February 12th (but if you apply late but you are really motivated, I am sure Dad will find a way for you). Join and we will play / learn together, lots of fun and hard work. This will be a great start to have a music school for children in Cambodia.

Grand Concert BosbaPANH on Friday 9th October 2009 at Chaktomuk Hall

Announcing 2-HOUR LIVE PERFORMANCE OF SOPRANO BOSBAPANH “OUR MOTHERS” AND LAUNCH OF 3RD CD ALBUM CHAKTOMUK HALL FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2009 – 7:00 – 9:00 PM Contact Panh Meng Heang La Companie bosbaPANH bosbapanh@online.com.kh – www.bosbapanh.com Phnom Penh, 27 August 2009 - bosbaPANH, Khmer coloratura soprano age 12, will give a unique two-hour performance at Chaktomuk Hall, Phnom Penh, on Friday 9th October 2009. She will launch her third CD Album “La Vie en Rose”. This is the third concert of bosbaPANH, after the Raffles Hotel Le Royal in 2006 to launch her first album “ Phnom Penh” at the age of 9 and Chaktomuk Hall in 2007 for her second album “SrorMay” when she was 10 years old. The Concert “Our Mothers” is celebrating the love and dedication of mothers. As bosbaPANH enters adulthood she remembers her grand mother’s role in her family, is called to observe the life and responsibilities of Cambodian women. Set in the mid 20th century, the story starts with an exploratory journey of a family of teachers from their province to the capital city of the Kingdom. The French are debating about their civilizing mission in Indochina and this family will need to relocate. This is the first time the Mother has traveled, and her discoveries in Phnom Penh are relived in a number scenes through pictures, music, dance and song that recreate what the Mother experienced in traveling up the slow moving Mekong to Kampuchea Achariya, the Kingdom of Wonder. At the end of the journey, the Mother will need to decide if the family will start a new life in Phnom Penh. bosbaPANH interprets a repertoire songs, images and dance to describe the mother’s first journey. The scenes evolve from the hopelessness of war, to the slow moving river and stately sugar palm trees, to happy children singing on their way to rural school. As the boat moves upstream, she is charmed by the tranquility of lush, green rice fields. On arriving in Phnom Penh, she glances at the beautiful women dancing the ramvong in a park, on a Sunday afternoon. She sees how love can transform women and also shatter them when it fails. Through these different portraits, the concert is finally a tribute to mothers, the foundation of our families and our society. The concert will include a range of classical pieces such as Concierto Di Aranjuez, Ave Maria; the elegant songs of King Father Sihanouk; traditional mohori Khmer lullabies, and other eternal songs from an international repertoire such as la La Vie en Rose. The highlight of the concert is a piece of Ramayana dance where her brother Sibxy Na Panh dances the Yeak, the evil giant, while bosbaPANH sings. The act tells the story of Krong Reap, aducting Princess Sita to be his wife. Sibxy Na Panh expresses the violence of the Powerful when they want a woman or gain more power. The concert features also happy scenes with songs from the legendary Khmer musicians Sin Sisamouth, Pen Ron, Ros Sereysothea. Among the eternal Khmer pop songs are: Mlop Po Bakheing (Under the Banyan Tree of Bakeng), Vea Cha Chab Meas (Golden Bird), Apsara (King Father Norodom Sihanouk). bosbaPANH surprises with her dramatic rendition of foreign songs interpreted in Khmer. Among these: La Vie En Rose, a 1946 love song by French singer Edith Piaf which has been interpreted by famous artists worldwide from Louis Armstrong to Luciano Pavarotti and Grace Jones. Piaf’s life symbolizes both resilience in the face of adversity and the triumph of talent and love; and Summertime, an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The song soon became a popular jazz standard. bosbaPANH uses this languid jazz melody for a daughter crying over her mother who left to be a bar girl. The two-hour performance is organized by La Compagnie bosbaPANH with the support of Cambodia Mekong Bank Public Limited (MekongBank) and American Express Company. Our thanks also go to: Almond Hotel, Feeling Home, DYSCOPE design; InnoAds, Magazine la Reine Fashion and Lifestyle, International Institute of Cambodia, Canadia Bank, T&C restaurants, Somarita Restaurant, Naga World, PPMl outdoor advertising, Kambuja Fashion, Societe Concessionnaire des Aeroports, Phibious Advertising Company. Tickets for the concert are available at Monument Books, T&C outlets, BB World, Pizza World. Exclusive seating 15$; Premium Seating: 10$ and general seating $5. More about our partners: MekongBank MekongBank has been an important member of the Cambodian financial community since 1994. With branches and offices in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, and Siem Reap, we provide a full range of banking services to businesses and individuals throughout the country. MekongBank was the first financial institution in Cambodia to issue credit cards in its own name and remains a leader in that fast growing sector of the banking business. MekongBank is the exclusive issuer of the American Express Card in Cambodia and the only commercial bank in the country to offer all four major international cards. MekongBank is also a founding member of the Easy Cash domestic ATM network, which provides convenient access to banking services for a large number of Cambodian banking customers. American Express American Express Company is a diversified worldwide travel, financial and network services company, founded in 1850. It is a world leader in charge and credit cards, Travelers Checks, travel and business services. Since 1996, American Express has been pursuing a strategy of opening its merchant network and card product portfolio to third party issuers around the world. By leveraging its global infrastructure and the powerful appeal of the brand, American Express has gained even broader reach for its network worldwide. American Express has now established 129 partnerships in 129 markets across the world.

Fundraising Recital "La Vie en Rose" at Topaz

PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT : FUNDRAISING RECITAL "LA VIE EN ROSE" TO SUPPORT CAMBODIAN ARTISTS FRIDAY 5TH JUNE 2009 – 7:00 PM The arts have an amazing capacity to bring people together for altruistic purposes. French restaurant, Topaz, and bosbaPANH, Khmer Coloratura Soprano, age 12, are collaborating to raise funds for Cambodian arts and artists on Friday June 5, 2009 at 7 pm. The fundraising recital was initiated when bosbaPANH heard about the difficulties facing a family of Cambodian classical artists whose house burned down when fire swept their neighborhood. To help these artists and promote Cambodian culture, Topaz Restaurant is enthusiastically embracing this project with bosbaPANH. Using the launch of her 2007 Concert VCD, bosbaPANH will give a recital to raise fund to be donated to the Cambodian Foundation for the Arts. The Cambodian Foundation for the Arts aims at promoting all the arts in Cambodia as well as providing mutual assistance to artists in need. This year, the Foundation will support the family of Em Theay, her daughter Thong Kim An and her grand-daugther Noam Naroath. In late March, these three generations of Ramayana dancers and singers lost everything they had in the fire, including photos of performances and valuable costumes, musical instruments, recordings and sheet music. Em Theay, 72, has been featured in numerous Cambodian dance books and TV documentaries, and is one of only 10 percent of Royal Court dancers to survive the Khmer Rouge. Between 1975 and 1979, she lost her husband, her three sisters and five of her children. The fire is one more tragedy in her life. “What’s even sadder,” says bosbapanh, who has been studying Khmer dance with Em Theay and singing with her grand-daugther, Naroath, “is they do not even have the right to rebuild. They don’t have any paper saying they lived on the second floor. They lived there for 20 years. The owners of the flat below are creating all kinds of difficulties to them. This should not happen to people who should be considered as our “National Treasures”. To help Em Theay and her daughters and launch the Cambodian Foundation for the Arts, bosbapanh. will give a recital of popular Cambodian and international classics. Topaz Restaurant’s Executive Chef Alain Darc will compose an innovative dinner with signature dishes in harmony with the recital. Accompanying bosbaPANH will be Topaz’s in-house pianist, bosbapanh‘s group of classical musicians and her accomplished younger brother, flutist Panhlauv, age 8. The concert, which is titled La Vie en Rose is designed to invoke the elegant and tranquil world of Phnom Penh in the 1960’s when it was hailed as the Paris of the East. La Vie en Rose is a 1946 love song by French singer Edith Piaf which has been interpreted by famous artists worldwide from Louis Armstrong to Luciano Pavarotti and Grace Jones. Piaf’s life symbolizes both resilience in the face of adversity and the triumph of talent and love. This is the message of hope that bosbapanh and Topaz management wish to convey in these times of crisis. The concert will include a range of music from the elegant songs of King Father Sihanouk to traditional mohori Khmer lullabies, eternal songs from an international repertoire and bosbaPANH’s own rendition of La Vie en Rose. Tickets for the recital and dinner are $100 per person and include a cocktail reception, a gourmet 3-course dinner and wine. All proceeds will be donated to the Cambodian Foundation for the Arts which will help Em Theay and her talented daughters build a new home and hope for a better future … to see “La vie en rose”. Concert bookings are essential – seating is limited Topaz Restaurant 182 Norodom boulevard. Email:manager@topaz-restaurant.com Ph: 023 221 622; 012 346 555 MORE INFORMATION Cambodian Foundation for the Arts. The Association is a not-for-profit, non political, cultural and professional organization which aims to promote Cambodian arts and music and to advance the public’s understanding and appreciation of music and the arts. It also aims at providing mutual assistance to artists in need. Presided by Luu Meng, the Foundation was recently established by a group of benefactors from Cambodia and overseas caring about Khmer artists and wishing to promote both classical works and to encourage new creations. Topaz Restaurant and Piano Bar is Cambodia’s most renowned French restaurant. Opened in 1997, the restaurant has developed a sterling reputation for fine dining through a decade of excellence. Continuing to strive for excellence and accommodate more of its patrons, Topaz relocated in 2007 to a stunning, spacious property at 182 Norodom Boulevard. This custom-built establishment includes a dining room that seats 116, 4 VIP rooms, a terrace under the stars that accommodates 150, a piano bar with a nightly lounge act, a wine cellar boasting 5,000 bottles and Phnom Penh’s only Cuban cigar room. Continuing more than a decade of innovation, Topaz offers authentic but constantly evolving French food in a sophisticated yet pleasant setting. More about Topaz at: www.topaz-restaurant.com In collaboration with the Cambodian Foundation for the Arts, Topaz is launching a series of regular musical events that will run throughout the year. The fund-raising event La Vie en Rose will be held annually.

CTN Classic Concert

Bosba participated to the program "CTN Classic Concert" which is a live music program with songs before 1980. She sang "Khniom Rong Cham - I will wait for you" which is a French song adapted by Sin Sisamouth in the 1960s in Khmer; and a mohori song.

 

Bosba did not performed with La Compagnie Bosbapanh. There are already two bands : one modern and one mohori, which accompanied all the musicians. The program is moderated by the talented Youk Chenda and lok kru Meas Sitha.

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