‘Cambodian Rock Band’ - music culture

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‘Cambodian Rock Band’ - music culture

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:47 pm

‘Cambodian Rock Band’ looks at a brutal piece of history through music in its world premiere at SCR
08 March 2018
Eight years ago, one of playwright Lauren Yee's friends took her to see indie-rock band Dengue Fever.

"As soon as I heard them, I said, 'Oh my god this music is amazing!' " the San Francisco-born writer said. "And that night I immediately went down a rabbit hole to discover everything I could about it."

That rabbit hole, twisted by "unbelievable coincidences along the way," comes to an end on South Coast Repertory's Argyros Stage, where Yee's "Cambodian Rock Band," a play with music directed by Chay Yew, is making its world premiere through March 25.

Yee learned that the music of the L.A.-based Dengue Fever is based on Cambodian oldies of the 1960s and '70s, and in turn were based, as band bassist Senon Williams explained in the 2007 documentary "Sleepwalking through the Mekong," on California surf music that went to Cambodia and was rewritten with Cambodian melodies...
http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilo ... story.html
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