Cambodia: Traditional Music, Vol. 1: Instrumental and Vocal Pieces

Various Artists FW04081 / FE 4081

Traditional Cambodian music can be heard at a number of occasions — for example, spiritual rites, weddings, Buddhist festivals, and performances of shadow theatre (a kind of shadow puppetry). In Cambodia: Traditional Music, Vol. 1, the Phleng Khmer Ensemble and Pinpeat Ensemble play instruments such as the khse diev (one–string lute), phlom slek (“blow leaf”), pai–ar (bamboo flute), chhing (hand cymbals), and skor arak (small drum). The musicians improvise words and vocables around an underlying structure and follow their fellow performers to create complex layers of rhythm.

"Celebrate Cambodia: Khmer Festival and Wedding Music"

Year Released 1975
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1975 Folkways Records

Genre(s) World
Country(s) Cambodia
Culture Group(s) Khmer
Instrument(s) Capi vaen; Chhap; Chhayam; Cymbals; Dra; Drum; Gong; Khluy (Flute); Khse diev; Kong mung; Kong vong; Krapeu (Box zither); Leaf; Lute; Pai ar; Qing; Ranātēk; Sambhor (Drum); Sgar (Drum); Sgar araks (Drum); Slik (Leaf); Sralai (Oboe)
Language(s) Khmer
Subject(s) Ceremonial; Dance; Drama; Holiday; Instrumental music; Mohori; Popular music; Religious; Songs; Weddings; World music

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101 Khse diev Monochord lute solo 3:11
102 Phlom slek Blown leaf solo 3:32
103 Krom phleng khmer Khmer male singer with Krom Phleng Khmer (ensemble) 5:15
104 Krom phleng kar: Hom rong Krom Phleng Kar 2:52
105 Chhayam Chayyam percussion ensemble with male vocals 6:22
106 Krom phleng pinpeat Musicians of the Royal Palace 2:07
107 Mohori Mohori musicians of the Royal Palace 5:19
108 Krom phleng pinpeat Musicians of the Royal Palace 4:11
109 Krom phleng pinpeat Musicians of the Royal Palace 6:56
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