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O Cambodia - A Collaboration with Three Cambodian Folk Musicians

ACD541
£14.99

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This recording documents an extraordinary collaborative project initiated by NZ composer and Asian specialist Jack Body and launched for the 2011 Auckland Arts Festival. NZTrio performs alongside 3 Cambodian musicians, premiering 4 new and incredibly unique works from NZ and Cambodian composers. This CD is a wonderful record of these works from composers Jack Body, Dame Gillian Whitehead, Him Sophy and Chinary Ung, and is a moving commentary on the atrocities that unfolded in Cambodia in the 1970's.

A collaboration with three Cambodian folk musicians featuring four new works by New Zealand and Cambodian composers.

“Art may not be a cure for the horrors that inspired O Cambodia, but it is certainly a solace and, more importantly, a vehicle for all-important prayers." William Dart, Weekend Herald, March 19 2011

O Cambodia - A Collaboration with Three Cambodian Folk Musicians

Reviews

“This recording documents an extraordinary collaborative project initiated by NZ composer and Asian specialist Jack Body for the 2011 Auckland Arts Festival.  It includes four specially composed and unique works that pay tribute to the 2.5 million or more who were killed in the genocide carried out in Cambodia during the reign of the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot (1975-79). Each composition was commissioned either by individuals or groups in New Zealand thanks to this project. What emerges is a powerful and moving set of musical documents… This disc which is very well presented, recorded and played is a profoundly moving experience and a salutary lesson, particularly in the context of what is happening today in the Middle East, the trick however, is to learn it. Those who established this project deserve many congratulations and it is quite humbling to note that it is in a small nation like New Zealand that projects such as these can be set in motion and receive the necessary funding to achieve success. The disc deserves to be heard by many for all kinds of reasons, not least musical.” Steve Arloff, musicweb-international.com