SOUNDS OF ANGKOR is dedicated to the Angkorian and traditional Khmer music of Cambodia. It is also an invitation to discover 1.500
years of religious and profane Khmer music, some already disappeared and others endangered.It is the result of research of French ethnomusicologist Patrick Kersalé that began
in 1998 and continues today.
Sounds of Angkor is already a 20 years research project concept including:
An educational project in English and Khmer will soon be launched in Cambodia with the support of Cambodian Living Arts.
The creation of a music school specializing in the teaching of Angkorian musical instruments is also on the way.
Mr. Patrick Kersalé is an ethnomusicologist and
archeomusicologist. For the last twenty years, he researched in many countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. He has undertook to take a new look at the musical instruments used by the ancient
Khmers, between the seventh and the sixteenth century.
In "Sounds of Angkor", Patrick Kersalé allows us to better understand the Khmer music of ancient times, its symbolism and its use by a population whose lifestyles are gradually better known to us.
The author analyzed the origin and function of ancient Khmer music instruments in a precise and detailed manner, in particular through a method of photographic analysis of Angkorian bas-reliefs. This allowed him to highlight the details that were invisible to the naked eye and to make us discover unpublished information, answering many questions, filling wide gaps, and thus correcting some preconceived ideas.
The scientific approach of Mr. Patrick Kersalé does not end
there, however, since it has pushed the experimentation to reconstitute several of these instruments now missing, thus offering our young artisans, musicians and composers the possibility to
reclaim a musical heritage that is an integral part of the historical cultural diversity of Cambodia.
I would like to express my warmest congratulations to Mr Patrick Kersalé for his unique contribution to Khmer studies and for his dedication to a passion that he knows how to communicate with eloquence. (...)