This virtuoso of the toy piano composed the wonderful score for the off-Broadway Coraline musical and recently completed a fittingly diminutive second album, Mesmers. Chen plays original and commissioned works, often augmenting her little Schoenhut keyboard with bowls, music boxes, and electronics. Her haunting and playfully uninhibited performances blend childlike whimsy with tactile revelation.
Sun., Sept. 12, 7 p.m., 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 1, 2010