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Thai music exhibition happens March 19

Posted Mar. 18, 2013

Born in Thailand, Priwan Nanongkham is an adjunct professor of ethnomusicology and director of the Kent State University Thai Ensemble. Nanongkham received his Ph.D. in musicology-ethnomusicology from Kent State University in 2011.

Nanongkham will demonstrate a variety of classical Thai instruments on March 13, 2013 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Room 202 (formerly Lecture Hall A) in the Classroom/Administration Building at Kent State University at Trumbull.

Entering the United States as a volunteer music teacher, Nanongkham taught Thai-American children Thai classical and folk music among Thai-American communities in Denver, Colorado in 1995 and in
New York from 1996-1998. Since 1995, he has occasionally participated in performances of Thai
music among the Thai communities of Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York.

Recently, Nanongkham has become interested in studying the music and culture of Asian-Americans in
the United States and he has authored eight entries in the Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and
Folklife (2010) and contributed one book chapter to Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asian American
Studies (2010).

Program of Demonstrated Instruments


  • Aerophones: pi nai and khlui
  • Chordophones: saw duang, saw u, and jakay
  • Idiophones: ranat ek, ranat thum, gong wong yai, and ching
  • Membranophones: thon-rammana
  • Folk instrument from Northeast Thailand: khaen

For additional information, contact Dr. Eve McPherson at 330-675-8991.