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Margaret Leng Tan: Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep

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A work that sweeps across the senses, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is a sonic portrait of new music icon Margaret Leng Tan – an evocative exploration of memory, time, control and loss.

New York-based Singaporean pianist Tan forged a path as a major force within the American avant-garde, becoming a muse to giants such as John Cage and George Crumb, and transforming the toy piano into a serious instrument.

Her stellar career covers 40 years of experimental musical innovation, using overlooked objects and instruments to bring new meaning to her compositions and performances.

Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep combines spoken and recorded text, projected images and original music for prepared piano, toy piano, toys, and percussion by Tan’s long-term collaborator Erik Griswold, to present a powerful autobiographical performance of Tan’s personal life and the music that has shaped her career.
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