Kengchakaj (Gheng/chAH /kad)

Kengchakaj is a Bangkok-born, New York-based award-winning pianist, improviser, and electronics experimentalist. Kengchakaj practice engages with improvising sounds that draw inspiration from ancestral soundscapes, knowledge, and modes of collaboration and expression rooted in Southeast Asian tradition and lineage. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, a Fulbright Scholarship recipient, and a Gold Award Lumen Prize winner with Nitcha Tothong. Kengchakaj was an artist in residence at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Babycastles, and Nusasonic’s Common Tonalities project. Currently, Kengchakaj is a 2023-2024 CultureHub artist in residence, New Museum’s Y10 NEW INC member, and Eyebeam Democracy Machine fellow.

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