Over the past half-dozen years, Tan Dun has become this planet’s local composer /conductor. Born in China, finished in New York and now in constant intercontinental motion, Tan has made it his project to flavor the musical traditions of East Asia and central Europe with each other’s ingredients, presenting the result with a theatrical flourish. - Newsday
Plenty of composers have written paeans to nature, but few have brought the natural world into contemporary music quite so enthusiastically as Tan Dun.
Tan composes with a warm heart, questing mind and a knack for striking sonorities.
Everything he does is exciting and fresh, characteristically, he explores ways in which the primitive, the ritualistic and the natural can combine with a sophisticated Western orchestra and he does this to magical effect.