Pianist Margaret Leng Tan explains how she prepares a piano, by inserting bolts and other objects into the strings, to play John Cage's "Bacchanale." Tan is a talented and visionary pianist whose work sidesteps perceived artificial boundaries within the usual concert experience, creating a new level of communication with listeners. Embracing aspects of theater, choreography, performance, and even props, Tan has brought to the avant-garde a measure of showmanship tempered with a disciplinary rigor inherited from her mentor, John Cage. Born in Singapore, Tan was the first woman to earn a doctorate from Juilliard. Her desire to explore the crosscurrents between Asian music and that of the West led her to John Cage, sparking an active collaboration that lasted from 1981 until his death in 1992.

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