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