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Dragon Ladies Don't Weep

Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano virtuoso, performs a work exploring memory, time, control and loss.

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Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep

Date: 14 Feb 2020

New music icon Margaret Leng Tan, who gained fame as the world’s first toy piano virtuoso, performs a work that sweeps across the senses. 

Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is a sonic portrait of a woman, and an evocative exploration of memory, time, control and loss.

New York-based Singaporean Leng Tan forged a path as a major force within the American avant-garde, serving as a musical muse for such giants as John Cage and George Crumb, and transforming the toy piano into a serious instrument. Her stellar career is a touchstone for the past 40 years of experimental musical innovation.

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.

Created by a team of Singaporean and Australian artists, including Chamber Made artistic director Tamara Saulwick, video artist Nick Roux, and dramaturg Kok Heng Leun and performed by Tan, this cross-cultural collaboration is an evocative collage of the forces that have shaped Tan’s life and how music has been both her passion and her refuge.

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