Tania Chen is an experimental musician and free improviser. She plays the piano, found objects, toys, keyboards and electronics. She is a leading interpreter of John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, and Morton Feldman. Tania creates video pieces and compositions that explore the role of performance and sound making.
She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Art and History of Art from University College London and a Masters degree (MMus) in Performance Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her exploration of sound has taken her across the globe, performing and recording in Berlin, London and Tokyo, to San Francisco, LA, New York and beyond.
Tania’s live and recording collaborations include John Cage’s “Music of Changes” for solo piano, John Cage’s “Indeterminacy” with Stewart Lee & Steve Beresford, and Cornelius Cardew & Michael Parsons’ Piano Music. She plays found objects and toys in the group Bad Jazz's "Bad Dreams in the Night" and cassette “Tincture”. Tania plays toys on the album “Ointment” with Steve Beresford, and piano with Gino Robair & Tom Djll playing electronics in the group Tender Buttons.
Forthcoming albums are: “Ocean of Storms” with Henry Kaiser, William Winant, Wadada Leo Smith & Tania Chen on piano, Andrew Poppy's solo piano music, John Cage's Electronic Music for Piano with Thurston Moore, David Toop & John Leidecker, and her experimental music album with Thurston Moore.
Recent art commissions and residencies:
- Tania will be an Artist in Residence at The Exploratorium Museum, San Francisco, from Fall 2016.
- She has recently been invited to create a mixed media video and site specific sound piece by ACT Theater at the Strand, San Francisco, to be presented in May 2017.
- East Coast USA, February 2017
- Japan, Spring 2017
- Taiwan, Autumn 2017