Garlands for Ashes tells the story of a community of children in Phnom Penh rescued from unimaginable situations, who are nurtured back to life, given hope and an artistic voice. On this CD and DVD they perform dances and compose songs of life based on the wonderful traditions of their land.
In the 1970’s, during the devastating years of the Pol Pot dictatorship, the beautiful traditions of Cambodia’s artistic community were systematically silenced. In the people’s struggle to survive starvation and brutality in the killing fields, their suppressed creative story lay dormant. Today, the arts are flourishing again, ornate costumed dancers tell their story through intricate hand movements and Khmer music floods the airwaves.
Included in this package is a DVD which will take you to see the very heart of the Cambodian Christian Arts community so you can experience in video and pictures, sounds, songs and dances, the Khmer people of Cambodia.
Proceeds from this product will directly support the CCAM community.
released 21 November 2011
A Voices from the Nations production
Recorded on location in Phnom Penh and Prassat, Cambodia
Recorded, edited and produced by Martin Neil
CD tracks 3 8 9 10 13 and DVD orchestra tracks recorded at Trans World Radio studios
Tracks 1 2 4 5 6 7 11 12 14 recorded by Sophun Ty at CCAMS
Mixed by Daniel Weeks for WeeksWeeksWeeks
Mastered by Dave Aston at Digital Audio
Photography Rebekah Neil. Archive photos by Gioia Michelotti
Video recording on location Jerry Curd
DVD editing and production Jerry Curd and Nicholas Warren Hungry Earth productions
Cover Design Andy Colthart for J’Harts
Special thanks to Gioia Michelotti and Noren Vann Kim.
To all singers, musicians and dancers at CCAM
Guest singers Sok Vouny and Diep Pisith
Sophun and Reaksmay Ty
Mom Somoeun and Yoeung Veasna at Trans World Radio
Teachers of traditional Cambodian orchestra Ke Kin and Proeng Pruon
The Long family for their wonderful hospitality in Prassat.
We would also like to offer our sincere thanks to all those who have supported us in so many ways and made this project a reality, you know who you are.
Thanks to More church, Amarillo TX, Trust Greenbelt, Meinrad.CC www.meinrad.cc
Rosemary Burke, John and Jenny Cooper, Steve and Mary Weeks Chris and Linda Mitchell,
our friends at the Northumbria Community,
and Mike Spratt at Wigwam, thanks for lending us the microphones.
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