Tan Dun’s Map Project and China’s Endangered Music

Internationally acclaimed composer/conductor Tan Dun, whose many accomplishments include an Academy Award for his score to the hit film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” leads this discussion/demonstration exploring the vanishing musical cultures of ethnic minorities in western Hunan. His discusses his most recent creation, The Map, which combines a stone-drumming ensemble, cello soloist, the Shanghai Symphony, and video of traditional dance. The talk follows the American premiere of the work at the Kennedy Center on October 17. A co-presentation with the Kennedy Center’s Performance Plus program. Recorded live at the Freer Gallery of Art on October 18, 2005.

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