What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Margaret Leng Tan

Margaret Leng Tan
Photo by Michael Dames

I am fascinated by music that breaks new ground, that takes the piano (and the toy piano) to its ultimate frontiers.

For this reason I am drawn to the pioneering pianism of Cage, Cowell and Crumb, and that of their spiritual children: composer-inventor Alvin Lucier, and the new generation of maverick composers from Tan Dun to Toby Twining. In short, music that is sui generis and as far removed from the academic tradition as possible.