Tan Dun | Musical America: Composer of the Year Tan Dun
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The scintillating sounds of his native China, intermingled with those of his adopted West, are flashing across the musical horizon everywhere you look and listen. Now that gleam is reflected in a shelf’s worth of acclaim that includes, so far, an Oscar, a Grammy, and the prestigious Grawemeyer award.

Suddenly Tan Dun is everywhere you look, everywhere you listen…

For the world beyond Tan Dun’s Hunan village, the process of discovery has worked in two ways. As Tan himself finds his place in the musical realm of Bach, Beethoven, and John Cage, worldwide audiences are discovering a richness in authentic Chinese musical sources that goes far beyond the sing-song choruses of Turandot and Ravel’s cracked teacup. Tan has been particularly skillful in blending authentic presences East and West without blurring their original nationalities.