Tania Chen

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Tania Caroline Chen (born 1974 or 1975 in London) is a British pianist who performs as a soloist primarily in the field of new music and new improvisation music.

Life and work

Chen, who began playing the piano at the age of six, received piano lessons in the United Kingdom and in Australia, where she continued to grow up. Back in London, she studied at the Royal College of Music in the 1990s,[1] then at Goldsmiths College with John Tilbury, where she received her master’s degree with distinction.

Chen has performed and recorded the piano works of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, and Cornelius Cardew; she has continued to interpret compositions by Chris Newman, Andrew Poppy, Michael Parsons, Luc Ferrari, John Lely, Li-Chuan Chon, and James Saunders, as well as modern classics such as Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Erik Satie, and Alexander Scriabin. She has also worked with Stewart Lee, Steve Beresford(Ointment)[2], John Edwards, Mark Sanders, Rhodri Davies, Thurston Moore, David Toop, Jon Raskin, and Andrea Centazzo. Now based in California, she produced the album Ocean of Storms (2017) with Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Kaiser and William Winant; she has also played regularly with Bryan Day and Ben Salomon in the band Bad Jazz and recorded three albums[3]. In the electronic band Tender Buttons she performs with Gino Robair and Tom Djll.

Alongside this, Chen created her own sound compositions, supplementing the piano with voice, electronics and video. Her commissions include Strands, Themes for a Story and Icons of Elegance, which have been performed by instrumental soloists and ensembles in London, the US and Asia.

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Individual references

  1. Short biography
  2. Review
  3. Bad Jazz (Bandcamp)