Paphutsorn Wongratanapitak, aka "Koong" is a graduate from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand (BA in Thai Classical Music) and School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (MMus in Ethnomusicology). Koong is the proprietor of Absolutely Thai which organizes cultural activities and festivals throughout Southeast Asia and as well as many countries around the world. Visit the Absolutely Thai website at www.absolutelythai.org or Facebook. Ms. Wongratanapitak is also a music and dance instructor / lecturer at universities in Thailand and Singapore. As a PhD candidate, she is currently conducting research on the music and culture of the Orang Ulu people in Sarawak, Malaysia.
July 2011 marks the third time that Koong and her Southeast Asian ensembles perform for an ICTM delegation. She expresses her deepest gratitude to the musicians who will travel with her to St. John's to perform in the Feast of Asia concert and workshop.