Friday, February 22, 2013

Wanting more

Cambodian Space Project - live at The Village
A double-header tonight with Krom at the Meta House exhibition opening of Chris Coles' paintings and then Cambodian Space Project at a new venue for me, and them, The Village on St 360. From the first number, part of the crowd were on their feet and bopping away to CSP, which always makes their life easier/more enjoyable. Top marks goes to Srey Thy's son who is a wizard on the dancefloor with a very personal style that he's developed on his own. He's 8 years old. There were at least two numbers I'd not heard before and though the venue's sound wasn't top drawer, it was good enough and if they clear a couple of tables away, The Village has a good sized stage and floor to pull in the punters. CSP are off to Oz so won't be around for a while. They left us wanting more. The same can be said for the Chamroeun sisters, Sophea and Sopheak, who vocally, front Krom. They have haunting voices that with the right songs/tunes will knock your socks off. They also look good enough to eat which helps no end. Give them room to really let rip with their voices and this band could take off, in a different direction. The saxophone from Jimmi Baeck was great too, more please. I know it might go against the grain for founder Chris Minko if they steer away from the dark and dingy, but these girls are ultra-talented, have grown up on stage with the Children of Bassac dance group and are naturals. There's a new album coming out soon from the band and I'm hoping for a few more up tempo numbers to steer the dynamic away from the noir-esque. We'll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, Chris Coles' paintings are expressionist in nature, gaudy and vivid in colour, definitely not my cup of tea, as they zoom in on the dark nightlife of Bangkok, with ladyboys and punters aplenty. The exhibition is at Meta House for the next few weeks.
An 8 year old taking the dancefloor by storm, with his mum on stage

Sopheak (left) and Sophea fronting Krom

The Krom band at Meta House tonight

A punter called Ron, painting by Chris Coles

Artist Chris Coles introduces Krom

Two friends in Bangkok's seedy nightlife

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They also look good enough to eat which helps no end." Wow. What a creepy comment given you have known these girls (or at least watched them perform) since they were in the early-mid teens. Really disappointed to read something like this on your blog.

February 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Anon (though its obvious who you are), it was meant as a joke. Obviously humour isn't your forte. If you don't like it, don't read it.

February 24, 2013 at 1:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree the two sisters/singers for KROM are quite beautiful and it is not a big deal to point that out. I don't think either one is a teenager, but around 20-22 or so.

Indeed Coles haunting vision of the Bangkok Night is not everyone's cup of tea but the paintings are colorful and do capture the ambiance, characters, poignancy, tragedy and atmosphere of Bangkok's nitelife districts.

February 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM  

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