WORKS

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“A virtuoso of the toy piano, she delights in the delicate sonorities of music boxes and everyday objects, weaving them into strikingly original works of engaging lightness and transparency.(…)Chen is a master of the art of play — serious, serious play.”–Washington Post

Star Medicine Lovers (2017) for speaker, saxoflute, prepared autoharp and toy dulcimer

The Matter Within (2016) for deconstructing toy piano, string quartet

Instructions for Play (2016) for sound box and performer(s)
Curios (2015) for toy pianos, toy instruments, masks and video
Columba (2015) for solo piano and shadow box
Lighting The Dark (2014) for toy pianos, clavichord, accordion, handmade music boxes and electronics
Lullabies (2014) for string orchestra, toy piano and music box
Archipelago (2013) for two toy pianos and mandolin

Everything Turns, Everything Revolves (2013) for toy piano, violin, clarinet and toys
Mobius (2013) co-composed with Rob Dietz
for toy two music boxes and electronics

Childhood Is A Curious Country (2012) for 2 toy pianos, gong piano, hacked toy piano
The Slumber Thief (2012) for toy piano, miniature theater and found objects

Song for Syrinx (2012) for women’s choir, bells, music box and cello

Hush (2011) for prepared piano, music boxes and bowls
Chimers (2011) for toy piano, toy glockenspiel, clarinet, violin and tuning forks

Glass Clouds We Have Known (2011)for toy piano, bowls, bass clarinet, flute, electronics and video
Beneath A Trace of Vapor (2011) for amplified flute, effects and tape
Aluminum Lake 40 (2010) for electric cello and tape
for Katinka Kleijn
premiered October 16 2010 for the Chicago Humanities Festival
Colure (2010)
for toy piano and bowls
Munin Raven (2010)
for live-electronics and music box
Down The Rabbit-Hole (2010-11)
for toy piano, hacked antique toy piano, live video, live-electronics, tea set and found objects

Cobwebbed Carousel (2010)
for toy piano, hand-cranked music box and video

Stardust (2010)
for toy piano, electric cello, music box, effects and live video

Carousel (2009)
for toy piano, live hand-cranked music box and video

Double Helix (2009)
for toy piano and bowls

Speckled Umbrella (2009)
for solo toy piano piece, dedicated to my niece and nephew

Chroma (2008)
for toy piano, audio cassette tape web,  VHS dress and cocoon, 3 overlapping video projections, shadows, broken cassette player, live video mixer, electronic music/sampler

The Memoirist (2007)

Pearlessence (2008)
for toy piano, sampling keyboard, video, bubbles

Waltz Astoria (2008)
for two toy pianos, one performer