Tan Dun conductor
Hanggai traditional-meets-rock band
Hanggai selected songs
Tan Dun Double Bass Concerto The Wolf Totem
About the performance
Visionary composer and conductor, Tan Dun returns to Melbourne to celebrate the Year of the Pig. An annual highlight of the city’s Chinese New Year celebrations since 2014, this year Tan Dun has curated a thrilling and, personal program.
Tan Dun’s Double Bass Concerto The Wolf was commissioned by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Taiwan Philharmonic (NSO), and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Inspired by the Chinese novel “Wolf Totem” by Jiang Rong, the piece reflects Tan Dun’s personal connection and fascination with the spirits of the natural world and the sounds and customs of the ancient cultures along the Silk Road. The symbol of the Mongolian wolf and its life in the grasslands for Tan Dun is a mirror of the human spirit and our relationship to the natural world.
Joining the maestro and the MSO is Hanggai, a troupe of traditional-meets-rock musicians from the steppes of Inner Mongolia via Beijing. Combining traditional instruments like the morin khuur (horsehair fiddle) and tobshuur (two-stringed lute) with a hearty serving of rock bravado, their performance with the MSO will be unlike anything else you’ll see all year.