tags: Margaret Leng Tan

PLAY! Music for Toys – Angélica Negrón, curator

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Interval 2.4
PLAY! Music for Toys
Curated by Angélica Negrón

March 18, 2009 8pm

ISSUE Project Room
At the Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Nathan Davis – Simple Songs of Birth of Delight
performed by Douglas Perins, mbira and processing

John Kennedy – The Winged Energy of Delight
performed by Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano, toy cymbals, sand blocks

Erik Griswold – Two movements from Old MacDonald’s Yellow Submarine: Chooks and Bicycle Lee Hooker
performed by Margaret Lend Tan, toy piano, woodblocks, bicycle bell, bicycle horn, train whistle

Angélica NegrónWhat I’m Trying to Say Is…
performed by TRANSIT

Tristan Perichqsqsqsqsqqqqqqqqq
performed by Lorna Krier, Amir Khosrowpour, Tristan Perich – toy pianos

Judy Dunaway – Piece for Tenor Balloon and Voice
performed by Judy Dunaway and Jennifer Walshe

Daniel Wohl – Suite Primaire
performed by TRANSIT, with special guest Domenica Fossati

Margaret Leng Tan

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Margaret Leng Tan has established herself as a major force within the American avant-garde, a highly visible, visionary pianist whose work embraces theater, choreography, performance. She is featured regularly at international festivals and records for Mode, New Albion and ECM.

Tan, a recipient of The National Endowment for the Arts’ Solo Recitalist Award, is the first woman to earn a doctorate from The Juilliard School. Exploring cultural crosscurrents between Asia and the West (she is originally from Singapore) led her to John Cage. An active collaboration ensued that lasted from 1981 to his death in 1992, establishing her as his pre-eminent interpreter.

Tan takes a lively interest in the artistic potential of toy instruments and her groundbreaking 1997 CD, The Art of the Toy Piano (Philips/Universal), established her as the world’s first toy piano virtuoso. She has elevated a humble toy to the status of a real instrument. Her penchant for music that confronts the piano’s normal boundaries has inspired like-minded composers to write for her such as Ge Gan-ru, Tan Dun, Alvin Lucier, Julia Wolfe and Toby Twining. Tan is also a favorite of composer George Crumb.

Evans Chan’s 2004 documentary, Sorceress of the New Piano: The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tan, has been invited to numerous international film festivals including Vancouver, Melbourne and AFI/Discovery Channel’s SILVERDOCS where it was a Best Music Documentary Nominee. Sorceress and a bonus film by Chan, The Maverick Piano, are available as a Mode Records DVD (mode 194).

Mourning, Tan’s collaboration with dance duo Eiko & Koma, was chosen as one of the most memorable performances of 2007 in The New York Times and TimeOut New York.

Ms. Tan is the featured performer for Inside the Piano, on the “Treasures of The New York Public Library” Video Series (www.nypl.org/news/treasures).