Tan Dun: Around the World in 28 Days

Tan Dun: Around the World in 28 Days
© Nana Watanabe
This month, Tan Dun “maps” his way around the world. He jets Down Under to conduct the Australian premieres of The Map and the Paper Concerto; flies to Germany for two separate performances — the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester’s concert of The Map followed by the Bachakademie Stuttgart’s Water Passion after St. Matthew, and then heads south again for the New Zealand Arts Festival’s presentation of Tea.

The Map, Tan’s multimedia cello concerto, has charted its own course since Tan conducted the world premiere in 2003 with Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony. Since then, The Map has traveled worldwide with over 18 performances in six countries, extensive tours through China and Japan, and been a featured work at the Amsterdam China Festival, the Kennedy Center China Festival, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, and the 2005 World Expo.

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