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Lak Lan

by Kengchakaj

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Riley Shaw I’ve had this CD in my car for a few years, so each song is imbued with memories of long drives and new places. These tracks all feel like friends. But Deceptible’s got that GROOOOVE!!!! Favorite track: Deceptible.
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Hom Rong 05:54
Lak Lan 07:04
Lom Huan 06:02
6849 05:24
Sneha 07:43
Deceptible 11:45
New Chapter 03:58
Fa(c)t 04:36
Mind The Gap 07:35
Revolving 06:43


Lak Lan (ลักลั่น) derives from a Thai word that can be translated as juxtaposition, dichotomy, or paradox. Although these qualities can be seen as incongruous, eccentric, or confusing, the concept of Lak-Lan opens up room for an exchange of dialogue - a gap for creative opportunities; a temporal moment to investigate new possibilities between spaces. Lak-Lan serves an impetus to unify ideas that are seemingly opposite, define new directions, and provide meaning to Kengchakaj (Gheng/chAH /kad) Kengkarnka’s (Gheng /ghan/kAH) voice as an artist. His compositional practice is rooted in African American derived rhythms infused with the aesthetics of Thai music. These compositions investigate themes of contradiction in identity, thoughts, and feelings - elements he has adopted, captured and expressed through improvisation in the compositions and arrangements of this album.

Below are the names of each track, with brief subtitles related to the piece in question.

Hom Rong
The overture of the divergency.

Mismatch. Partly coincide, partly collide.

Lom Huan
Breeze of memories. Whiffling through time.

Time parallax.

Uncertainty. The In-Between.

Sensory distortion.

What Called Home
Familiarity, displaced.

New Chapter
Never-ending, ever-changing.

My body, I, and status quo.

Mind the Gap
r e n d e z v o u s

Loop-around in circles.


released November 8, 2019

Kengchakaj - piano/rhode
Sirintip Phasuk - vocal/efx (track 2, 3, 5, 7, 11)
Shai Golan - alto saxophone (track 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10)
Niall Cade - tenor saxophone (track 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10)
Hugh Stuckey - guitar (track 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10)
Perrin Grace - upright bass/fretless bass
Nolan Byrd - drums

Produced by Kengchakaj Kengkarnka and Nitcha Tothong

All composition by Kengchakaj Kengkarnka, except for Sneha by Manas Pitisarn.
Recorded by Chris Benham at Big Orange Sheep Studio on May 29&30, 2018
Mixed and Mastered by Dave Darlington in February 2019

Artwork by Nitcha Tothong
Photograph by Nitcha Tothong


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Kengchakaj New York, New York

Kengchakaj (Gheng/chAH /kad) is a Bangkok-born, New York-based award-winning improviser, pianist, and composer.

Kengchakaj’s work focuses on using improvisation-based music as a tool intended to create collective participation among people, and fabricated empathy towards another. His idiom is rooted in African American derived music infused with the aesthetics of, so-called, “Thai” flavor.
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