Cambodian American Heritage is honored to have one of the finest Cambodian master musicians as a performer and instructor with their performing groups. Music has always been a part of Master Chum Ngek's life. Early on, it was recognized that he had a talent and gift for the music of his homeland. Over the years, he apprenticed under a number of Cambodian master musicians learning a variety of string and percussion instruments.
Most often, Master Chum Ngek is associated with the Cambodian xylophone, the roneat. It is this instrument which is at the heart of Master Chum Ngek's playing and instructing.
Long associated with Cambodian American Heritage, Master Ngek leads an ensemble of fellow musicians and vocalists for numerous performances by the dance troupe. In our annual observance of Cambodian New Year each April, Master Chum Ngek features a recital by his student ensemble as well as leading the professional ensemble which accompanies the dance troupe.
Master Chum Ngek's reputation extends beyond his association with the dance troupe. He is often called upon to perform in various public and private functions throughout the United States. In addition, MastermChum Ngek is featured on a number of recordings of Cambodian music recorded here in the United States.