Tania Chen draws her inspiration from the New York, British and European schools of 20th century experimental composition. She has performed and recorded the works of John Cage: Indeterminacy, Electronic Music for Piano, Music.of Changes I-IV, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown: Folio, Cornelius Cardew: Piano Sonatas 1, 2 and 3, piano works by Michael Parsons, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Eric Satie and Alexander Scriabin.
Alongside, Tania creates her own sound compositions whose material include piano, voice, and electronics. Her commissions include Strands, Themes for a Story and Icons of Elegance, which have been performed and broadcast on the radio by instrumental soloists and ensembles in London, USA and Asia.
Tania Chen is an adventurous free improviser, performing solo and collaboratively on the piano, digital and vintage electronics, and found objects. She has recorded and performed regularly with Stewart Lee, Steve Beresford, Henry Kaiser, William Winant, Wadada Leo Smith, Thurston Moore, David Toop, Jon Raskin, Jon Leidecker and with Bryan Day and Ben Salomon in the band Bad Jazz. In the electronics band Tender Buttons she improvises with the electronic and acoustic musicians Gino Robair and Tom Djll.