Oscar-winning Chinese composer to perform in Taiwan

Taipei, March 2 (CNA) Oscar-winning Chinese composer and conductor Tan Dun (??) is slated to cooperate with a Taiwanese orchestra and percussion group in an upcoming concert in Taipei in which he will present the Asian premiere of his concerto "The Wolf." Tan, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Ju Percussion Group will perform in the "Tan Dun and Friends" concert at the National Concert Hall March 6. In addition to the double bass concerto "The Wolf" -- a piece that was jointly commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras around the world -- they will also perform Ravel's "Bol廨o," Debussy's "Premiere Rhapsody" for clarinet and Tan's percussion concerto "The Tears of Nature." The 57-year-old Tan is best known for his Oscar-winning score for the 2000 film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Tan said Monday in Taipei that "The Wolf" uses many unique double bass techniques to express everything from the crooning of pups to wolf fights and races. "The Tears of Nature," meanwhile, is inspired by earthquake disasters in China and Japan, according to the conductor, who has dedicated the piece to all who have lost their families and friends to natural disasters. The "Tan Dun and Friends" concert is a program under the Taiwan International Festival of Arts, which will run until April 12 and features 17 shows from 10 countries. (By Christie Chen)