Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 at 12:30 PM

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You can interact with the artist via text chat exclusively on Facebook during and immediately after the premiere:

Chum Ngek was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2004. He is both an artist and a teacher known for his performing ability on the roneat, a 21-keyed xylophone. Born in Battambang Province, Master Chum came to this country in the early 1980s with a wave of Cambodian refugees and has served as a musical and educational leader of his community ever since. At the age of ten he began learning the repertoire of the major Khmer musical genres, spanning classical and folk traditions. In addition, he learned the music of the kong (gongs), khimm (hammered dulcimer), sampho (two-faced drum), and tror (bowed fiddle). Soon his repertoire was so vast that many people were asking him to teach and at age eighteen he was recognized as a Krou (master teacher). National Heritage Fellow Sam Ang Sam points out that because he is acknowledged as the source for Cambodian music, Master Chum is frequently called on to conduct music workshops across the continent. Still, he continues to serve his more immediate community, as he single-handedly provides musical instruction in the Washington, DC, area, teaching for the Cambodian Buddhist Society and the Cambodian American Heritage organization. Chum Ngek performed in the Homegrown concert series in 2017.

Read more about Chum Ngek at his NEA page

A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the 2020 concerts will stream on the American Folklife Center’s Facebook page, Wednesdays from June 24-September 30. Artists will be present in the chat area to say hello and answer questions during the concert and for a few minutes after it ends. Video will also be posted online here and on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.