Performance by CLA founder Arn CHORN-POND and artists with The Khmer Magic Music Bus

When 4 Nov 2018
6:00PM - 8:30PM
Where The Loft at City Winery NY
155 Varick St, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10013
United States

During the years of the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979), Cambodia’s arts scene was almost destroyed. 90% of the country’s artists were killed, and 90% of musical instruments destroyed. In total, around 2 million Cambodians were killed or died as a direct result of the regime’s actions and policies.

In the 40 years since, the arts have experienced a profound revival – today the arts scene is vibrant, expanding every year. Arts remain a vital medium for healing, education, and reflection, and a catalyst for transformation, on a personal, community and national level.

Heartstrings explores the personal journeys of five musicians from Cambodia. Through a mix of storytelling and music, the artists share some intimate insights into their experiences over the past 20 years. What does it mean to conceal your passion and your livelihood, or to be forced to play propaganda music to survive? What does it mean to rewrite memories you thought you had? And what does it mean to be a daughter of one of the few surviving Master Artists? Witness the music that defined them, hear their stories, learn about the people who shaped them, and celebrate the power of the arts in building peace. Featuring renowned flute player, human rights activist, and founder of Cambodian Living Arts, Arn CHORN-POND, alongside Seyma THORN, Master Mann MEN, his daughter Mao MEN, and Savang TOCH.

Building on 20 years working in the field of arts for transformation in Cambodia, in November 2019 Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) will host the arts4peace Festival – a month of performances, screenings, discussions, workshops, and community events. The arts4peace festival will be a platform for artists to tell their own stories, and provide a space for transmission, dialogue, and reflection. Through the festival, artists and audiences can explore ideas about peace and conflict, histories and future, remembrance and reconciliation, and creativity and identities.

Heartstrings represents the launch of the arts4peace festival as part of the arts4peace tour to the US.

The performance will be followed by a live auction/fundraiser by auctioneer extraordinaire, CK Swett, to raise funds for Cambodian Living Arts’ arts4peace Festival and to invite people to come and experience it for themselves.

Photo courtesy of the organizer.

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