Rak-smey Khemera | Light From Heaven

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Light From Heaven

by Rak-smey Khemera

WINNER OF JUST PLAIN FOLKS BEST ETHNIC/WORLD ALBUM 2002. Classical Cambodian Mahaori: This music is characterized by a floating quality that brings a sense of energizing peace to the listener.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Khmer Bottisatv (Cambodian Bodhisattva)
2:53 $0.99
2. Khmer Bmpay Goan (Cambodians Sing Lullabies To Their Children)
5:26 $0.99
3. Khmer Poon Ksach(Cambodians Mound Sand)
5:13 $0.99
4. Khaet Sajahm(Cham Province)
5:16 $0.99
5. Doit Yoom (The Baboon Cries)
5:08 $0.99
6. Kjawl Bawk (The Wind Blows)
4:15 $0.99
7. Baay Tlahng (Rice Cooked in an Earthen Pot)
8:31 $0.99
8. Sok Snguen (Blessings To My Sweetheart))
1:38 $0.99
9. Jong Ching (Tip of the Finger-Cymbals)
7:08 $0.99
10. Bopa Tan Sua (Flower of Heaven)
3:28 $0.99
11. Khaet Bombay (Bombay, India)
7:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album contains eleven tracks of classical Cambodian Mahaori music dating from the Angkor Period - some recorded for the first time. Track 11 Khaet Bombay was nominated BEST INSTRUMENTAL SONG 2002 by JUST PLAIN FOLKS.

Mahaori music is characterized by a floating quality that brings a sense of energizing peace to the listener. One can feel the complexity of the tropical jungle in the intertwining instrumental lines. It has the perfect balance of emotional intensity and equanimity.

This genre of music was almost completely wiped out during Pol Pot's purge of Cambodian classical musicians and dancers. Fortunately, the music has been passed down aurally for centuries and has survived in people's memories, ready to blossom again.

An unexpected benefit of the Cambodian diaspora is this collaboration between Cambodian masters and western classically-trained musicians. The group Rak-Smey Khemera (Light From Heaven Falls On the People of Cambodia) has been performing and touring all over the United States since 1986, bringing traditional Cambodian music to Cambodian and western audiences alike.

The founder and artistic director, Bun Loeung, is known throughout the world as a legendary luminary of all genres of Cambodian music. He has played in every conceivable venue - from the streets of Battambang, opium dens, directing the National Theatre, to performing with the
Minnesota Orchestra. His recording "Cambodian Music in Minnesota" was selected by the Library of Congress as one of the best recordings of American Folk life. His 1987 recording, "The New International Trio" (Atomic Theory Records) with Dick Hensold and Barb Weiss won a Minnesota
Music Award.

Rak-smey Khemera is a unique multi-cultural group featuring classical musicians from both eastern and western traditions. Group members include Dick Hensold, the world-renown expert on Northumbrian Smallpipes (a form of bagpipe) and recorder; Jane Lanctot on gong-circle and the tro-u, which is a two-string viola with a coconut body; and Thoeun Moen, originally from Gondal Province, on traditional drums. Bun Loeung leads the group on tro-sau, the two-string violin similar to the Chinese ehr-hu as well as the roneat (xylophone).



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Darin Sao

I love my background music please keep doing.

Margaret Cain

East and West in Warm Embrace
Rudyard Kipling is often quoted: East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.

But he was 19th Century Englishman. Those guys thought that perfection could be found only when everyone else became 19th Century Englishmen.

Light from Heaven provides a delightful meeting place between East and West for those who can relax into the self-knowing that sets aside preconceived notions of perfection, into an all-embracing appreciation of the beauty that wells up from the human spirit. Peace, joy, mischievous fun are universally treasured, and all are to be found in this music. This CD is a delight.

Incredibly, two of these musicians are Minnesotans!

sany sun

i got my CD right on time. Thank you. I really enjoy all the his music. If the artist can make more music (lakorn basak), it would be nice.