The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series continues on March 17 at 3 pm, with a presentation on Cambodian music by Jane Lanctot, who has put together a group of non-Cambodian musicians to assist her in demonstrating several different genres of traditional music, primarily with Western instruments. Lanctot herself will play the Cambodian tro-sau (2-string fiddle), and will discuss the music and her decades-long experience with Cambodians.

“Ninety percent of classical Khmer (Cambodian) musicians were executed under the Khmer Rouge reign of terror during the years 1975-1979,” noted Lanctot. “Master musician Bun Loeung was a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime. He and his family were given asylum and resettled in St Paul, Minn. I studied with him for 18 years. I traveled all over the country playing Cambodian weddings as part of his group and when Bun Loeung passed away in 2004, I took over running his School of Traditional Music.”

A Lubec resident, Lancot has a varied musical performance background, including modern piano and fortepiano as well as classical Cambodian music.  She holds degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics, and is currently working on the design and testing of wooden automata. Her radio show Round the World with Cracklin’ Jane (produced for local station WSHD-LP in Eastport) is syndicated in the US, Canada, and the UK, and features radio plays punctuated by 78-RPM recordings.

The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series is a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center. The events are offered by voluntary donation, with proceeds shared equally between the presenters and EAC ongoing program The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

 Jane Lancot (right) will present Cambodian music on March 17, as part of the Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series. She is shown with some of the students from the traditional music school which she ran for many years. For the Eastport show, she has recruited a group of local musicians, who’ll primarily play Western instruments, while Lancot will demonstrate the Cambodian tro-sau (2-string fiddle).