Chrysanthe Tan (សុវណ្ណបុប្ផា) is a composer, violinist, and writer of Cambodian-Greek descent who primarily works in the realm of musical poetry and chamber music. Her fascination with combining spoken word and music arose from both an innate love of poetry and music as well as a determination to reckon with the auditory processing challenges she grew up with; to this day, she has trouble understanding verbal instructions, conversations, and lyrics.
In 2015, Chrysanthe released Stories, her debut album of chamber music for piano, strings, and light electronics, and was featured as a Spotlight Composer on the ASCAP website. She also went on an international tour (The Honeymoon Tour) with pop artist Ariana Grande as her solo violinist. In 2016, Chrysanthe attended the Sound/Word Composer Residency in Syros, Greece, began her second album of musical poetry (Homecoming), composed a solo violin piece (On the Other Hand) for emerging contemporary artist Adrianna Mateo, who premiered it at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and began gathering a group of engaged artistic supporters via the crowdfunding patronage platform Patreon.
In addition to her compositional and purely solo endeavors, Chrysanthe's most dedicated collaboration is with guitarist-composer Sean Hayward. Together, they comprise Duo Meranti, a violin-guitar duo with experimental, Balkan, and other folk roots. At present, Duo Meranti is finishing up gathering commissions for their debut duo album, which will exclusively feature works by living composers in Los Angeles spanning a culturally diverse, folk-oriented diaspora. Thus far, the album is already set to feature works written for them by Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, and Miroslav Tadic.
Other artists and advents Chrysanthe has toured, performed, recorded, and collaborated with include Paul Anka, Marco Antonio Solís, Marc Anthony, Bastille, Alicia Keys, Common, Jennifer Hudson, David Foster, television shows Glee, 1600 Penn, America's Next Top Model, MTV Movie Awards, American Music Awards, and more.
Chrysanthe holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Stanford University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing form California Institute of the Arts, and is currently finishing up her M.F.A. in Music Composition and Violin Performance at CalArts (graduating May 2017). In addition to her musical endeavors, Chrysanthe is a published writer whose poems, stories, reviews, and handmade chapbooks appear in places like The Volta 365, Dum Dum Zine, Next Words, Yale University and CalArts libraries.