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Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative HistoriesThe Cinema of Evans Chan$
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Tony Williams

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208166

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.001.0001

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Sound and Vision

Sound and Vision

The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tan and Evans Chan in Sorceress of the New Piano, Makrokosmos I & II, and The Maverick Piano

(p.101) Chapter Eight Sound and Vision
Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories

Michael Ingham

Hong Kong University Press

Written in the light of theories of cinematic sound and musical composition, this essay examines the four documentaries Evans Chan has filmed about the work of the pianist Margaret Leng Tan. Like Evans Chan, Tan is a transnational/transcultural artist and the director turns live performances of music into the same type of cross-cultural composition that characterized his earlier films such as To Liv(e), Journey to Beijing, Adeus Macao, and The Map of Sex and Love. Chan’s keen sensibility for the aesthetics of kinetic and aural art forms as demonstrated in these films served him well in negotiating the tricky dialectic between sound and image in the expository-performative documentary Sorceress of the New Piano and the complementary musical performance films Makrokosmos and The Maverick Piano.

Keywords:   Evans Chan, Margaret Leng Tan, John Cage, Avant-Garde Music, George Crumb

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