Gabi Faja Trio – The Art of Fusion (June 2, 2012)


2ND JUNE 2012, 7:00 PM

Gabi Faja has explored fusion projects since 2004 in some of London’s most reputable venues. For his premier Jazz’Art concert in Cambodia that combines jazz and classical music, the artist has gathered a trio composed of himself at the piano, doublebass player Sébastien Adnot and drummer Toma Willen.

The Trio engages in an evolutionary line of fusion music, beginning with Bach’s masterful Chorals and continuing  with the ancient modal scales found in Ravel’s stunning Valses Nobles & Sentimentales.

The musicians also explore accordionist Astor Piazzolla’s most notorious works – melting sensual tango rhythms with classical structure and jazz harmony – in conjunction with pieces by fusion jazz pianist-composers Jarrett, Corea and Hancock.

Prepare for a unique musical experience that will certainly mark a milestone in the art scene of Phnom Penh.

Tickets are available for purchase from InterContinental Phnom Penh, call 023 424 888 ext. 4413.
Price: USD 10.00 per person including a welcome drink.


Just the hottest Jazz act in Cambodia!


“Just the hottest Jazz act in Cambodia!” – RiverHouse Bistro’

The Jazz Jam / Le Moon (Kwest) Phnom Penh


Yo Musos and Jazzers and listeners!

As tradition, continuing the monthly travelling Jazz Jam, see below!
The Jazz Jam Session at Le Moon on May 3rd, starting at 8pm.
Free Food and drink for players, beautiful rooftop location, Amajaya Hotel, top floor, on the riverside.

Address: Amanjaya Pancam HotelHotel / Street 154, Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Le Moon:


Thanks, Gabi (GTS Jazz)

Khmer New Year Break


Hi friends, please note that GTS is on Holiday this week (last gig at Rivershouse today, Tuesday April 10, 8:30pm) – we come back at Sofitel, Kwest and Rivershouse from Monday 16th April!


Have a great break!



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.
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GTS joins Euan Gray


Hello Friends, been a while!

After two months of near-continuous Swing, GTS adds to the scene in backing Sax and Vocal sensation Euan Gray.

RIVERHOUSE says: “These guys are RED HOT, but don’t take my word for it, come see for yourself…
Euan Gray Band will play again this Sunday from 8.30pm with a special encore set for Tuesday 8.30pm before a week long break over Songkran/Khmer New year, returning to Riverhouse on the 22nd.
Well known in Australia as the singer/saxophonist of popular band The Rooftops, Euan Gray now lives in Phnom Penh. Returning to his jazz roots, he has teamed up with local legends GTS to create a soul-drenched lounge outfit.
Their sophisticated sound is a cocktail of grooved up standards and jazz-flavoured covers.”


Start 8:30pm

Sun 1st April
Sun 8th April
Tues 10 April

Sun 22 April
Tues 24 April (Official Launch)
Sun 29 April
Tues 1 May
Sun 6 May
Tues 8 May

Sun 13 May
Sun 27 May
Tues 29 May

Don’t miss the acoustic-electro sound, in velvety environments, with sling Cocktails, Riverhouse’s legendary menu and a uber-cool crowd.

Euan Gray Band@Riverhouse


GTS Article: Miles Davis Fever


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