Strumming the strings of a grand piano like a harp and performing Beethoven on toy piano are among the surprising scenes in Evans Chan’s documentary, Sorceress of the New Piano (2004). The film celebrates the trans-cultural career of Singapore-born, New York-based pianist Margaret Leng Tan, hailed by The New Yorker as “the diva of avant-garde pianism”.
Featured performers and critics include Joan La Barbara, Edward Rothstein (The New York Times), Mark Swed (Los Angeles Times), and Joshua Kosman (San Francisco Chronicle) sharing their thoughts on Tan’s artistry and musical lineage.
With additional featured appearances by composers John Cage, George Crumb, Raphael Mostel, Toby Twining, Lois V Vierk, Somei Satoh and Ge Gan-ru.
Incorporates vintage footage of Merce Cunningham’s dance, Jasper
Johns’ art, and a Marcel Duchamp film; Sorceress also highlights Tan’s
latest transformation as the world’s premiere toy piano virtuoso.
Best Music Documentary Nominee:
Silverdocs: AFI-Discovery Channel Documentary Festival (2005)
Best Documentary Nominee: San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival (2005)
“an exemplary documentary”
– 2005 TimeOut Film Guide
“an exciting work of art in itself”
-Tim Page, The Washington Post
“a charming, very human film”
– John Schaefer, host of WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck
1.37GB | 1 h 30 min | 720×480 | avi