The conceptual and multifaceted composer/conductor Tan Dun, brought for the first time Western Symphonic music to the rural countryside of China. On November 21 last year - "The Map: Saving Disappearing Music Traditions" was held and filmed in Western Hunan, Tan Dun's home province at the historical site of Fenghuang Ancient Town.
Based on a series of filmed field recordings by Tan Dun, capturing the musical life of the Tuija, Miao and Dong living mainly in Western Hunan (three of 55 ethnic groups comprising China's non-Han minority population), Tan Dun composed The Map: Concerto for Cello, Video & Orchestra, a ten-movement concerto, commissioned and premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Yo Yo Ma in Boston Symphony Hall (Feb 2003) and in Carnegie Hall (March 2003).
On the evening of November 21, 2003, at the Northern Gate of Fenghuang Ancient Town, Tan Dun (conductor), Anssi Karttunen (cello), and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra brought The Map home, - a free concert to thousands of indigenous villagers in the area who had never heard the sound of Western symphonic music in their life. The concert was a "Thanksgiving" celebration - a tribute to the villagers whose music and lives has been the source of Tan Dun's inspiration.
This concert is now available on DVD-Video in surround sound with a 25-minutes documentary as a bonus to tie in with the following tour dates in US and China.
-Documentary -- 'Rediscovering... The Map'