Chuang Xu

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Chuang Xu

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Born February, 1992
Rresidence U.S.

My Story

Chuang Xu is a multi-disciplinary film director and producer based in New York. After receiving his MFA degree in Social Documentary Film in School of Visual Arts, Chuang co-founded the film production company “Mrs. Skeleton.” Since 2016, he has been working on his new documentary feature “Twinkle Dammit!” which features the celebrated pianist Margaret Leng Tan and composer George Crumb.

Chuang’s career started in 2013, he worked for Conservation International, produced short documentary series for CI’s freshwater project and “Nature is speaking” series in China. His short fiction film projects got different awards at film festivals in China, Hong Kong, and Japan.

Director Statement

“Twinkle Dammit!” is a rare and important film because it profiles a leading figure of avant-garde music. We are able to understand the development of Leng Tan’s life, her career and her singular impact on her field through her own words, making this a truly intimate and authentic record of an artist’s life. The extremely exclusive access it gains to Leng Tan’s personal archive, as well as to the creative process of musical genius George Crumb in his old age, make this a film of critical historical value to the preservation of avant-garde music in America.

News & Reviews

“Big Music, Shrunk to Fit a (Much) Smaller Scale”
The New York Times

“Margaret Leng Tan reigns over a toy piano renaissance”
The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/margaret-leng-tan-reigns-over-a-toy-piano-renaissance/2014/10/03/756396c2-45bb-11e4-9a15-137aa0153527_story.html?utm_term=.581fff88d265

“BBC World News Margaret Leng Tan, toy pianist ”

BBC WORLD NEWS

“Why I perform on toy pianos”
BBC NEWS
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07b76mp

“The extraordinary Margaret Leng Tan unveils a cabinet of musical curiosities”
The Straintstimes
https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/the-extraordinary-margaret-leng-tan-unveils-a-cabinet-of-musical-curiosities

“Cowell, Cage, and Crumb: The Three C’s You Have to Know”

The Free Library Philadelphia
https://libwww.freelibrary.org/blog/post/3100
“Margaret Leng Tan”

National Library Board Singapore
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_1876_2012-03-23.html

“From New Sounds Live, Margaret Leng Tan Premieres George Crumb”
New York Public Radio
https://www.newsounds.org/story/4111-new-sounds-live-margaret-leng-tan-premieres-george-crumb/

“At 87, avant-garde Philly composer George Crumb pushes new boundaries”
The Philadelphia Inquirer
https://www.inquirer.com/philly/columnists/david_patrick_stearns/at-87-avant-garde-philly-composer-george-crumb-pushes-new-boundaries-20170511.html

“”Metamorphoses”: George Crumb at 90″
Chamber Music Athens
https://www.chambermusicathens.org/concerts/2019/5/18/metamorphoses-george-crumb-at-90

“Biennale Musica 2018 – Margaret Leng Tan”
Biennale Musica

“Evelyn and the bonsai pianist”
The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2001/mar/20/artsfeatures5

“The Kennedy Center”
John Cage: Music for Merce—Margaret Leng Tan, Toy and Prepared Piano
https://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/DUDSM

My Filmography

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My Award

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