Composing Cambodia’s future...
We need your help to raise $5000.
Your donation will play a vital part in enabling the future of original Cambodian music. $5000 will give us the necessary funding to realize the Music Residency Project.
What’s the challenge?
After many successful endeavors at home and abroad, today Cambodian arts and culture is growing increasingly dynamic by the day, and the underpinning sense of cultural memory and respect for preservation is strong. We have undertaken the challenge of supporting composers and musicians, especially from traditional backgrounds, to create new, original work. This is vital if the traditions that have been preserved are to remain "living arts" and continue to resonate with youth of today, and future generations.
What is our solution?
Last year, Cambodian Living Arts, in collaboration with the Nirmita Composers Institute, held the Nirmita Composers Workshop. To build from this Cambodian Living Arts is launching the Music Residency Project. The goal is to give composers the technical and creative skills, to make work that expresses something of themselves and their time.
The project will be co-led by renowned composer Chinary Ung and virtuoso musician Phan Chamroeun from the Royal University of Fine Arts . We hope to support more than 50 new composers over 5 years, and inspire a generation of new creativity in music. We are focusing on Cambodian musicians, composing original pieces using traditional Cambodian instruments. This will also help to support other Cambodians in the arts community, especially contemporary dancers who want new music to dance to, and other composers and musicians who the participants can collaborate with on new creations.
What is the Music Residency Project exactly?
The training program is called the Music Residency Project and the vision is that it will serve the priority need of this generation of musicians, to express something of themselves and their time. The Music Residency Project will take place from the 6th to 23rd July at the Heritage Hub in Siem Reap. We will work with one traditional musician from the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) and six Siem Reap musicians to work with world-class composer Chinary Ung from the Nirmita Composers Institute to produce a new piece of music that will be played at a special performance at the Siem Reap Heritage Hub on July 23, 2017.
This workshop will provide a platform for a new era of creativity in Cambodian music. Crucially, it will build on existing musical traditions, and use them as the basis for crafting the vocabulary and tools to generate new creations. Furthermore, we will be holding the REP Heritage Hub World Music Festival, which will be held in late October where the music that is composed during this workshop will be showcased.
Who we are:
Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) is a leading culture agency in Cambodia, with a range of programs to support the growth and development of vibrant and dynamic arts sector. Founded in 1998 as a grassroots program to sustain the transmission of traditional performing arts following the losses of the Khmer Rouge regime, CLA is an independent NGO with 501(c)3 status, supporting new generations of artists, students, and teachers in all fields of traditional and contemporary arts. Our mission is to be a catalyst in a vibrant arts sector, inspiring new generations.
Cambodian-American Chinary Ung was the first American composer to win the coveted Grawemeyer Award (1989) for his orchestral piece Inner Voices. He has also received awards and commissions from The Kennedy Center (Friedheim Award), The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Asia Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, Inc., Ford Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts.
In 2014, he was awarded The John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award by the Asian Cultural Council. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California San Diego and Presidential Fellow: Senior Composer in Residence at Chapman University. He was a former President of Khmer Studies Institute,1980-85, advisory board of The Cambodian-American Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial, Chicago, and currently a Co- Founder of Nirmita Composers Institute. He is the 2017-18 Karel Husa Visiting Professor of composition, Ithaca College, New York. He is a 2017 recipient of The National Endowment for the Arts to set texts into music in Pali, Khmer and English from Therigatha, the earliest collection of women’s literature by female disciples of the historical Buddha
Cambodian Living Arts were fortunate to collaborate with Chinary on the Nirmita Composers Workshop held in Siem Reap last year and we look forward to continuing this partnership as we move forward to support more composers and musicians in the future. We would also like to wish Chinary a happy 75th birthday this year and recognize the great work that he has provided for the classical music scene globally.
How you can help: You can help us by donating and spreading words to your family, friends or community!
Where will your donation go
-Facilities for the workshop and the concerts
-Community concerts and ceremonies at Wat Bo Pagoda
-Staff support for the artists
-Food and drinks for the artists
Thank you so much for your support!