I had an inspiring evening on October 27, seeing Dutch percussionist Han Bennink - a legend in European free jazz / improvised music circles. I've heard Han play before, introduced by my husband (saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra), but he certainly impressed me anew. A lanky, white-haired man in his late 60s playing with such a high level of energy, intensity, and humor... it convinces me again that half of being a good artist is remaining committed to one's ideas, carrying them through as purely and consistently as possible.
I am sad to report that Sokhorn Sem, mother of Monkey Dance film subject Samnang Hor, passed away on October 4 after a long battle with cancer. Services were at the Khmer Temple (Wat Triratanaram) in Chelmsford yesterday and today. A survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide, Sokhorn worked for years at Cambridge Tool and as a wedding planner. She leaves behind a large and loving family, including Samnang, his wife Yary Na, and their daughter Jarronai.