Biography of MARGARET LENG TAN:
The avant-garde hasn't had a performer like Margaret Leng Tan in years. She's one of those rare pianists whose performance style takes equal billing with the music
-- The Village Voice, New York
During 2002, Tan presented many 10th anniversary commemorative tributes to John Cage: at the Berliner Festspiele, the Klavier Festival Ruhr, Melbourne Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Carnegie Hall's "When Morty Met John" Cage/Feldman Festival, on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage and at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, N.Y., where Cage's notorious silent piece, 4'33", was premiered fifty years ago.
Margaret Leng Tan's commitment to repertory transcending the piano's conventional boundaries has inspired many composers to create performer-specific works for her. They include John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Tan Dun, Ge Gan-ru, and Toby Twining. Her first CD, Litania, featuring music by Somei Satoh, was named one of the Top Ten Best Recordings of the Year by The New York Times in 1988. The world's only professional toy pianist, Tan has transformed a toy into a legitimate musical instrument as heard on her CD, The Art of the Toy Piano (Point/Universal). She has appeared at major festivals around the world, including BAM Next Wave, Ravinia, Spoleto USA, New Music America, Bang on a Can, MANCA (France), Inventionen (Berlin), Lincoln Center Out-of Doors Serious Fun, Singapore Arts Festival, and Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Director/Editor EVANS YIU SHING CHAN - see director's bio.
GABRIELLE WEISS (Director
of Photography) also worked on Evans Chan's "Subway, New York,"
a short film commissioned by Radio Television Hong Kong in 2004, and Chan's
DVD of Margaret Leng Tan's performance of George Crumb's
Makrokosmos I & II,
for Mode Records. Weiss worked on the Jon Alpert-directed documentaries:
"Coca and the Congressmen" (2003, PBS's "Wide Angle"),
"Bridge to Baghdad" (2003, NHK), and "Main Street"
(2003, NHK). A Graduate of Cuba's International School of Film and Television,
she has shot a number of short films set in Cuba, including "Esto
Es Jazz (This is Jazz)," "Y Usted Que Quiere?" and "Quien
Eres Tu" (2001), a Venice Film Festival selection. Her own directing
and producing credits include "Eighty-eight Years in Brooklyn"
(2002), recipient of a Maryland State film/video grant, "Hunger Can't
Wait" (in production), and "The Color of Land" (in production),
which received a New York State Council for the Arts grant in 2003. She
has taught at The Rhode Island School of Design, New York's Downtown Community
Television and Cuba's La Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV Havana.
Born in Chicago, TAD DOYLE (Production
Coordinator) was raised in Oregon and Nebraska, then escaped to the University
of Maryland where he received his B.A. in Radio, TV and Film. He has been
programming film festivals since 1996, including the Film Arts Foundation
Film Festival in San Francisco and the Georgetown Independent Film Festival
in Washington, DC. He currently is a Programmer for the AFI/Discovery
SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival. In previous years, Tad has been
Director of Programming and a Board Member for the DC Asian Pacific American
Film Festival. This year he has been appointed Festival Director. He has
also worked on numerous independent narrative and documentary projects,
including Evans Chan's "Bauhinia"
Life and Times of Wu Zhong Xian."
Tad's two passions in life are travel and film. He once spent six months
wandering through Asia and managed to work on a film festival in Singapore
during those adventures.