Residency with Margaret Leng Tan, Diva of Avant-Garde Pianism

24 May

The School of Music is pleased to welcome world-renowned pianist Margaret Leng Tan to the School Wednesday and Thursday, May 25 and 26 for several events detailed below. Tickets may also be purchased through the UW Arts Ticket Office for guaranteed seating. All other events are free and open to the public. We hope you will join us for what we are sure will be a most memorable residency!

Composer George Crumb said Margaret Leng Tan is “like a female Merlin, summoning spirits from the inside of the piano.” Her visionary approach to the instrument combines discipline and showmanship in ways not ever seen in the “ordinary” concert experience. Pianist Margaret Leng Tan pays as much heed to the inner workings of the instrument as she does to the keyboard itself. She will demonstrate her unusual artistry this week at the School of Music in a two day residency May 25 and 26 through a free workshop and film screening and a solo piano recital. Don’t miss this amazing artist and her bold, entertaining, and thoroughly modern style of teaching and performance.

Wednesday, May 25
WORKSHOP: BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER: THE NEW PIANO

Margaret Leng Tan has established herself as a major force within the American avant-garde; a highly visible, talented and visionary pianist whose work sidesteps perceived artificial boundaries within the usual concert experience and creates a new level of communication with listeners. In this workshop, Margaret Leng Tan introduces the avant-garde piano, offering her insights into the magical sound world of “the three C’s,”Cage, Cowell and Crumb, the three pioneering composers of extended piano techniques. She will demonstrate John Cage’s famous invention, the prepared piano, the cluster and string piano pieces of Cage’s teacher, Henry Cowell, as well as the timbral diversity of George Crumb’s interior piano universe.
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Brechemin Auditorium
FREE and open to the public

Wednesday, May 25
FILM SCREENING: SORCERESS OF THE NEW PIANO: THE ARTISTRY OF MARGARET LENG TAN

This 2004 film, directed by Evans Chan, earned rave reviews from the Washington Post, which called it “not only an exciting work of art in itself, but one of the very few films that manage to communicate some real and substantial information about the art of music.”
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Brechemin Auditorium
FREE and open to the public

Thursday, May 26
SOLO PIANO RECITAL: THE THREE C’S: PIONEERS OF THE AVANT GARDE PIANO

A tribute to Henry Cowell, John Cage, George Crumb and their groundbreaking transformations of the piano. Margaret Leng Tan, the diva of avant-garde pianism, performs Henry Cowell’s tone cluster and string piano pieces, prepared piano music of John Cage and George Crumb’s Makrokosmos Volume 2: Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for amplified piano.
7:30 p.m.
Meany Studio Theater
$15 general ($10 students and seniors)

More detail is available at www.music.washington.edu.

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