American Music Band “Matuto” Visits Cambodia

Released on May 17, 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to announce that the U.S.-based music band Matuto will hold free concerts for public audiences in Cambodia from May 19-22, 2016.  Hosted by U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh in collaboration with Amrita Performing Arts and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, the band group will perform shows in Kratie, Stung Treng, and Kampong Cham provinces followed by a final concert in Phnom Penh.  Cambodian artist and DJ Pou Khlaing will join Matuto for each public show.  The band will also conduct outreach activities with high school students in Stung Treng province, music professionals and students at the Royal University of Fine Arts, and children of the NGO Pour d’un Souri d’Enfant (For a Smile of a Child).

Free Concerts:

  • May 19, 7:00 pm – Public concert at the Provincial Department of Culture in Kratie province.
  • May 20, 7:00 pm – Public concert at the Provincial Department of Culture in Stung Treng province.
  • May 21, 7:00 pm – Public concert within the area between the Regional Teacher Training Center in Kampong Cham and the Provincial Department of Pedagogy.
  • May 22, 7:00 pm – Public concert at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (Institute of Foreign Languages Open-Air Auditorium).

Matuto (Brazilian slang for “country boy”) is emerging as one of New York City’s hottest roots music acts and draws inspiration from rural traditions found across the Americas.  The band will be traveling to Cambodia, Thailand, and China as part of the American Music Abroad program, supported by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the Association of American Voices.

For more information about Matuto’s programs and performances in Cambodia, please contact In Samphirachny, Acting Director of Amrita Performing Arts at or call 012 687 791.