About Patrick Kersalé …

Born in 1959, Patrick Kersalé is both an ethnomusicologist and a music archaeologist. He has spent the past 30 years traveling around the world (primarily in West Africa, Southeast Asia, India, Nepal and Europe) in order to seek traditional music at risk of disappearing in order to preserve the memory and to develop programs for cultural conservation.

He has carried out many missions in Cambodia in order to collect audiovisual footage at archaeological sites, and by the music of the aboriginal peoples of Ratanakiri and Mundolkiri. Since 2009 he studies the musical instruments from the Angkorian era, through iconography, inscriptions and archaeological objects. Based on that research, he has rebuilt extinct instruments from the 7th to 16th centuries. Several kinds of harps, zithers, cymbals, drums, trumpets, and conchs have thus literally been brought back to life.

He is also the author of numerous CDs, mostly on the music of ethnic minorities, several books with CD on oral traditions, documentaries, educational DVDs, and articles.



SOUNDS OF ANGKOR - Bilingual French-English scientific site dedicated to Cambodia's ancient music and dance. An invitation to discover 1,500 years of religious and secular music, some already disappeared, others in the process of extinction.

GEOZIK - Partially bilingual French-English YouTube channel. For millennia, so-called traditional music and dances accompany the profane or religious acts of everyday life. GEOZIK invites you to discover them: an initiatory journey through space and time ...

TUK-TUK.TV - This English-speaking YouTube channel with some reports in French will immerse you in the heart of Cambodia, its history, its music, its dance and its way of life. It helps you to prepare your trip to this country, to understand the soul of its inhabitants, to discover ancestral know-how and remarkable artists.

KONINYANFrench-speaking scientific site dedicated to the music and dance of the Gan people of Burkina Faso. It is the result of the Patrick Kersalé's research carried out between 1994 and 2003.

CHAPEI DANG VENG - Research publication site of Patrick Kersalé developed on behalf of UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia after the lute chapei dang veng and its community were inscribed on the list of intangible heritage requiring urgent safeguard.

BRONZE DRUMS - This website is dedicated to the bronze drums of Southeast Asia and China. It's a tool for the general public, specialists but also governments around the world for education and fighting against traffics. It is based on an exclusive research by French economist Jacques de Guerny.

KHMER HARP - English and Khmer website dedicated to the Khmer harp (pin) reconstituted by Patrick Kersalé in 2012 after its disappearance at the time of the fall of Angkor in the 15th century. Its objective is essentially to promote and accompany its practice.

PRESTIGE ART KHMER - This site represents a collective of craftsmen, master craftsmen and Franco-Khmer researchers. Its goal is to create high-end crafts inspired by the art of the ancient Khmer Empire. The craftsmen are the depositories of a rich know-how, especially around the manufacture of the old musical instruments of Cambodia.

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