Cheng-Ying Chuang & Musitonik
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Cheng-Ying Chuang & Musitonik

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"Music: Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra with the Harmony Ensemble"

Only the Fishing Song from the Sketches from North China's Ethnic Areas yueqin (Chinese lute) concerto was written in the soupy, heavily western-influenced style familiar from works such as the Yellow River Concerto - and even that wasn't the worst example of its kind, especially with the added interest of soloist Chuang Cheng-Ying's otherworldly countertenor accompaniment at its close. - The Herald

"Der Mond steht hoch am Himmel (Moon on High)"

Cheng-Ying Chuang is a musician who crosses the borderlines of Oriental and Western music with both Chinese and European Classical Music traning. His instrumental and vocal music performance contains both the in-depth humbleness of Chinese culture and the artistic passion of Western culture.....His surprising countertenor voice features the power of mezzo soprano and quality/range of soprano. - Neue Westfälische (von Eckart Schonlau)


The Collected Pieces of Ruanxian & liuqin (As ruan player in Taipei Liuqin Ensemble, ROI Productions, Taiwan). Enchanted by Male Voices (as Liuqin player and countertenor solo in Taipei Men's Glee, conductor/Ching-Chun Su, Ja Wei Audio production, Taiwan)



Cheng-Ying Chuang is the leader of the multicultural music group Musitonik. Being a landscape designer and regional planner previously, Cheng-Ying also studied and performed Chinese lutes from the age of 12. After deciding to devoted himself to music, he came to UK to study voice and finished his PgDip/MMus degrees in music performance at Birmingham Conservatoire in June 2007. After moving to London and being a self-employed musician, he found himself working as both a Chinese instrumental musician and a Western trained singer, who cooperates with musicians of different genres and background, for instance, British musician Damon Albarn (Monkey - Journey to the West project), classical/folk musician and composer Eddie McGuire, Indian Singer Sanchita Pal, iMAP composer/yangqin player Kimho Ip, London Chamber Company artistic director/pianist Mark Troop....etc. Playing Chinese lutes (liuqin and zhongruan) and singing with a countertenor voice in the same time, Cheng-Ying's musicality delicately crosses the borderlines of many different cultures, and expresses especially the aesthetics and dialogues between Chinese traditional and Western classical music.

MUSITONIK is burst out, as a non-chord tone, of the juxtaposition and/or superimposition of different disciplines (architecture, music, geography, education, landscape, psychology). The name derives from those keywords "muse", "tone", and the architectural history term "tectonic" and implies "mused tones which regard music elements as cultural factors". MUSITONIK goes beyond the dichotomies of not only western early medieval/eastern late modern and signifier/signified, but also professional/non-professional and elite/grass-root, which are the man-made form-centric boundaries derived from the development of human history. By brushing consciously the unconscious musical phenomena and accustics against the grain, MUSITONIK TRIO, explores the fertile cultural patterns in the tectonics and praxis of instruments.