Margaret Leng-Tan performs rarities by John Cage, Philip Glass, Somei Satoh, and Hans Otte.
The program includes Cage’s recently discovered “score-painting”, Chess Pieces (1944,) and Glass’ Minimalist classic, How Now (c. 1968,) not heard in New York since Ms. Tan first revived the work in the early 90s. Also, selections from Otte’s 4-volume set of piano miniatures, Stundenbuch (1991-98,) in Ms. Tan’s arrangement for string piano and toy piano. Satoh’s epic Litania (1973) and transcendental A Gate into the Stars (1982) round out the program. Tan is renowned for her performances of American and Asian music that transcend the piano’s conventional boundaries. Hailed by The New Yorker as”the diva of avant-garde pianism”, she has inspired many composers to create performer-specific works for her. One of the leading performers of John Cage’s music, she is also the world’s first professional toy pianist who has transformed a toy into a bona fide instrument with a bona fide repertoire heard in festivals around the world. In March 2006 Mode Records releases Ms. Tan’s long-awaited recording of Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes and the first recording of Chess Pieces. Check out: www.margaretlengtan.com