Margaret Leng Tan

Margaret Leng Tan

“Tan is the toy piano’s Rubenstein, coaxing an immensity of feeling from a limited tonal range.” —The Independent, UK

Leng Tan, a priestess of modernism and minimalism as well as a pianist second to none in the depth and intensity of sound she gets from any keyboard."
 —Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times 

Hailed by The New Yorker as the “dynamic doyenne of the toy piano and its grownup counterpart,” Margaret Leng Tan infuses the avant-garde with good old-fashioned showmanship, tempered with the disciplinary rigor inherited from her mentor John Cage. The first woman to earn a doctorate from Juilliard, Tan is also the world’s first professional toy piano virtuoso. Her curiosity has extended to other toy instruments as well, substantiating her credo: “Poor tools require better skills” (Marcel Duchamp).

Margaret Leng Tan makes her Los Angeles debut performing the west coast premieres of two works written for her: Metamorphoses Book I, George Crumb’s first major piano cycle in 40 years, and Phyllis Chen’s Curios, a multimedia work revolving around the bizarre and bewitching world of the circus carnival.

CURIOS (trailer) from CultureLink Singapore on Vimeo.

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THU 11/1
8:30 pm

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