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SAT JUNE 30: Swing Dancing at Le Moon!


Dear Followers and Friends (hopefully you are both!)


June comes to an end and we’ve had an ioncredible 6 months, with almost 150 gigs! Woah..

So, to close the first chapter of the year we propose a Swing Dance Off @ Le Moon!

Arguably the most awesomely located terrace in whole country, on the 7th floor of the Amajaya Hotel, on the Riverside of the city (154 corner Sisowath Quay), Le Moon has had our band several times but this time it’s different!

Robin and her troupes of Swingers are coming to town to devastate the floor whilst GTS Quartet + genius Kae Lhassan provide the groove. Full cocktail menu and superb dining at Kwest downstairs = great evening.

You don’t have dance, you can just sit and watch (like I do whilst I’m playing..), tap you feet, sip a drink, hug your girl/man/tran whatever you’re into, wink, clap, laugh and gaze at the stars.

THIS Saturday June 30th at Le Moon!



Latest gigs pics


Here are some pics from our latest gigs, what a month June as been!










Music Festival For Naga Lottery


Ha Ha! How cool, just last week we met Lewis Pragasam, an insanely good drummer who needed a band to fill a spot for this unusual event, on Sat 16th June, opposite Naga, open air, can’t miss the huge stage!

So tomorrow Euan Gray, Riannon (a very pretty and gifted musician) and GTS Jazz Trio perform in front of thousands at the Vietnamese Cambodian Friendship Park!

What a quick turnaround, here a some pics of our sound check, see you tomorrow?






Dear Friends, you are invited to this year’s Fete De La Music event in Phnom Penh.
Thursday June 21st, 2012 / 6 to 11pm

A mini Music Festival with some of Phnom Penh’s best bands, from BossaNova to Bluegrass and Jazz, Klezmer and old school Swing…we have The Phnom Penh Hippies, Grass Snake Union, GTS Quintet, Sise’Swing, The BossaNovas!

Come, go, come back, drink, eat, talk, relax – free entry and beautiful setting in Phnom Penh’s most luxurious Resort, in the Neo-Colonial splendor of its lobby.

For this special evening, enjoy the sumptuous dinner buffet in la Coupole restaurant, priced at only USD 20. Special set menus are also available at USD 20 in Hachi, Do Forni, and
Fu Lu Zu restaurant. While winding up with the performance at le bar, guest will be treated with special snack menu ranging from USD 3 to USD 15 and drinks priced from USD 3 to USD 6 only.

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra
26 Old August site Sothearos Bld, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Phnom Pen, Cambodia 12301
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Asia Life Article: All That Jazz


Despite the closure of the capital’s only jazz club last year, Phnom Penh musicians believe that the genre has a future in Cambodia. Ellie Dyer meets the jazz aficionados of trio GTS to hear more. Photography by Dylan Walker.

With its syncopated rhythms and swinging exuberance, jazz has enthralled generations of listeners since its birth in the United States in the early 20th century.

Now the musical style is shaking up Cambodia. Amongst Phnom Penh’s expat population there is a small group of trained musicians who are bringing the genre to Southeast Asia and pushing boundaries along the way.

At its heart lies Italian pianist Gabriele Faja, French drummer Toma Willen and double bass player Sebastien Adnot whose newly-formed jazz trio GTS has won regular gigs at Sofitel and K-West Brasserie and Bar.

The professional musicians, billed as the only outfit in town to play soley pure jazz, met while performing in the Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra and formed their own group in October.

Using their impressive improvisational skills, the friends played their first gig at K-West. Their talent paid off.

“We got a lot of good feedback,” says 32-year-old Faja, whose love of jazz began 10 years ago when he listened to a Keith Jarrett album while studying at London’s highly-respected Royal College of Music.

Despite a minor setback when their double bassist broke his fingers in a motorbike crash, the band has gone from strength to strength to play across town, interpreting the work of jazz greats Van Heusen, Cole Porter, Jobim, Bonfa and Billy Strayhorn.

Billed as a collective, the trio – whose instruments form the fundamental building blocks of jazz – have been joined in performances by saxophonists, singers and trumpet players.

Six musicians came together as an ensemble on Mar. 31 at Le Jardin as part of an ambitious project to perform the whole of Miles Davis’ seminal 1959 album Kind of Blue.

“To be a musician here is very exciting, because it’s new,” says Willen, who came to Cambodia over a year ago to play in the house band of the now-shuttered Studio 182 jazz club.

“We don’t take something [from Cambodians] – we are bringing something to them.”

Experimentation is also underway. Faja is in the process of putting a jazz twist on Cambodian tunes including classics penned by King Father Norodom Sihanouk and modern pop ditties – such as those of starlet Sok Pisey.

“We are interested in making it [our music] more adaptable to Cambodians while bringing jazz to their ears,” says Faja, who is also exploring classical compositions by Ravel and Christina Aguilera’s album Back to Basics.

Both players also teach music and are introducing jazz to the next generation of Asian musicians.

For Faja, the opportunity for his students to watch him perform on stage shows them “why we are doing this”.

“I think Phnom Penh is going to be quite an artistic community, more so than Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. Small is good,” says Faja.

Willen, who trained as a jazz musician at the Conservatoire de Musique in France’s St Etienne and has played throughout Europe, is also keen to acquaint youngsters with another genre of Western culture: The Blues.

“For them [it] is a basic first step; a window into alternative music. They love it,” he says.

For classically-trained Faja, playing jazz professionally marks the culmination of a personal journey that began when he fell in love with the music a decade ago. “It’s now time to live my dream,” he says.
Read more:

GTS Article: Miles Davis Fever


Here we are on the Phnom Penh Advisor (edition 16, March 2012)!




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Sofitel March 2012, video courtesy of Kit.