Compositions

Happily Ever After.musAs a composer, Lan Tung creates a new voice that draws inspiration from her background in Chinese music and, at the same time, incorporates influences from various genres: from western contemporary music, creative improvisation, to various ethnic styles. Her rhythmic intricacy has a direct influence from Indian music, while her passionate melodies from Flamenco and Central Asian music, and the sense of breath/space from Chinese music. She uses elements of traditional music as bridges to connect between Asian and western ears, while experimenting with contradictions by taking culturally specific materials outside their context and fusing them with other genres. She also draws inspiration from ancient myth, philosophy, poetry, paintings, landscape, and other imageries. Incorporating improvisation and graphic notations with Asian traditions, she explores a new territory to discover fresh sounds.

Lan’s composition credits range from chamber, improvisational, world and fusion, theater, dance, choral to film music. She is the main composer of the Orchid Ensemble, and also composes regularly for Birds of Paradox, Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, and Tandava. In 2012, she established a new band “Proliferasin”, dedicated to perform her music written with combinations of graphic and conventional notations for improvising musicians. Lan’s compositions and arrangements can be heard on a number of CDs: Life Death Tears Dream, Birds of Paradox, Road to Kashgar, Heartland and Tandava, winning multiple nominations by the JUNO Awards, Independent Music Awards, Canadian Independent Music Awards, and Western Canadian Music Awards.

In 2010, she won the forth place at the Yin-Yang International Composition Competition in Taiwan. In 2011, she appeared as a soloist with Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, premiering her concerto Peony Dreams for improviser and chamber orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.

 

Original Compositions 

(click on the pieces to watch videos and view program notes in English & Chinese)

i) Large Ensemble/Orchestra

Taste of Taiwan《品味臺灣》(2017) - Lan Tung 
- vocal & chamber orchestra, commissioned by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra with a Canada Council commissioning grant

The Righteous Drummer (Ma Cao)《罵曹》 (2014)- Lan Tung 
- Beijing opera vocal & chamber orchestra or intercultural orchestra or Chinese orchestra, premiered by Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra in Markham, Ontario, 2015

Sound of Dragon 《龍吟滄海》 (2014) -Lan Tung
- 1-3 soloists & chamber orchestra or intercultural orchestra or Chinese orchestra, written for/premiered by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchstra at the inaugural Sound of Dragon Music Festival, 2014

(Hopefully) Happily Ever After (2012)- Lan Tung 
- vocal/solo improviser & chamber orchestra or intercultural orchestra or Chinese orchestra, , premiered by Atlas Ensemble in Amsterdam, 2012

Peony Dreams 《牡丹驚夢》 (2011)- Lan Tung
- vocal/solo improviser & chamber orchestra or intercultural orchestra or Chinese orchestra, commissioned by the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra and premiered at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan on Dec 23, 2011.

Ba Ban Variations 《八板變奏曲》(2009 & 2010) - Lan Tung
-1-3 soloists & chamber orchestra or intercultural orchestra or Chinese orchestra

 

ii) Chamber Ensemble

Oriole(2015)- Lan Tung
- for Sound of Dragon Ensemble: erhu, vocal, flute, dizi, cello, ruan & percussion
- for Proliferasian: erhu, vocal, trumpet, electric guitar, cello, bass & drums
- for Lalun: erhu, vocal, hand pans, bass & percussion

Double Happiness双喜(2014) – Lan Tung, commissioned by Russell Wallace 
-erhu & violin;
erhu & cello 

Beijing Opera Rock京劇搖滾(2010) – Lan Tung
- Chinese ensemble: dizi, erhu, zheng, pipa, yangqin, daruan, percussion
- quartet: flute or clarinet, cello, piano, and erhu or violin or viola (2012)

Moon World月世界》(2011) – Lan Tung & Li Tung 
– flexible instrumentation, 4-15 players
Colourful Clouds Eating the Moon彩雲吞月》– Lan Tung (2009)
- for Birds of Paradox: erhu, vocal, bansuri, electric guitar, bass 
- for Lalun: erhu, vocal, hand pans, percussion

Dancing Moon《月舞 》(2009) – Lan Tung 
– erhu, cello, percussion (2016)
– erhu/voice, zheng, percussion (2009); for erhu, clarinet, bass & drum (2012)
This piece is released on the Orchid Ensemble’s CD Life Death Tears Dream, and won The Most Eclectic Song of the International Independent Music Awards

Xiao He小河 (2008 & 2009) – Lan Tung, Ron Samworth, Neelamjit Dhillon 
– flexible instrumentation

Asian Market – Chapter 1. China (2008) – Lan Tung
- flexible instrumentation

Traveling with My Sixth Sense第六感之旅(2004) – Lan Tung
- Graphic notation, flexible instrumentation, 4 players
401 – Lan Tung, Mei Han, Jonathan Bernard (2002) 

Meeting in the Yurt敖包隨想曲 – Lan Tung, Mei Han, Jonathan Bernard

Bengalila – Prashant J. Michael, R. Raine-Reusch & Orchid Ensemble

 

iii) Theatre

Weaver Woman Suite織女 (2014-2015) – Lan Tung, Commissioned by Tomoe Arts Society, with a Canada Council for the Arts Music Commissioning Grant   

1. Morning Glittering     2. Circling     3. Xiao He Tang Shui     4. Laundry    5. Cold Mountain 6. Swing    7. Yasodhara’s Flowers   8. Celestial Bridge     9. Morning Symphony     10. Flood    11. Dream      12. Reconciliation 
Red Snow (2010) – Lan Tung

 

iV) Film Music

Wind Desires the Clouds想雲》(2009) – Lan Tung
erhu, vocal, zheng, percussion;
-erhu & percussion

 

v) Dance Music

Dream《夢(2014)- Lan Tung 
– erhu, cello, percussion
choreography Colleen Lanki & Matthew Romaintini (2014)

Cold Mountain《寒山(2014)Lan Tung 
– vocal, cello, percussion
choreography Colleen Lanki (2015)

Swing《盪(2014)Lan Tung 
– erhu, cello, percussion
choreography Colleen Lanki (2014)

Xiao He Tang Shui小河淌水(2010, 2014)Arr. Lan Tung
– erhu, cello, percussion
choreography Colleen Lanki (2014)

Circling (2010)Lan Tung – erhu, cello, percussion
choreography Matthew Romaintini (2013)

401 (2002)Lan Tung, Mei Han, Jonathan Bernard
choreographed by Jessican Jone and Chengxin Wei of Moving Dragon for Triaspora (2007 & 2009)

Arrangements

i) Chamber Ensembles

Dance of the Amis 《阿美族舞曲》 – arr. Lan Tung 
Lan Tung’s new interpretation of this folk song from Taiwan’s aboriginal people features syncopated rhythms, energetic instrumental and vocal improvisation.
 

Autumn Moonlight on the Peaceful Lake《平湖秋月(2013)Arr. Lan Tung 
– erhu, piano, (percussion)
– erhu & cello (2016)

Sunan Tune《蘇南小曲(2013)Arr. Lan Tung 
– erhu, piano, (percussion)

Horse Racing《賽馬(2013)Arr. Lan Tung 
– erhu, piano, (percussion)

Song Lang《送郎(2012)Arr. Lan Tung 
– vocal & zheng; vocal & piano

Gan Sheng Ling《趕牲靈(2012)Arr. Lan Tung 
– vocal, erhu, cello (2016)
– vocal & zheng; vocal & piano

Poem of Spring《春詩(2012)Arr. Lan Tung 
– erhu & zheng

O World《世界(2011)Arr. Lan Tung 
– vocal, erhu, zheng, percussion

Flowing River《江河水》- Arr. Lan Tung (2010)
– erhu & marimba

Beaming with Joy《喜洋洋(2010)Arr. Lan Tung 
– erhu, tar, danbau, guitar, bass, percussion

Xiao He Tang Shui小河淌水(2010)Arr. Lan Tung 
- vocal, pipa, ruan, marimba;
- vocal, zheng, marimba

Temple Bells藍調禪院鐘聲(2008) – Arr. Lan Tung, Ron Samworth, Neelamjit Dhillon
- erhu, electric guitar & tabla
Temple Bells colors the Cantonese melody with blues chords. It is released by Birds of Paradox on its 2009 debut CD.

Purple Bamboo紫竹調(2007)  Arr. Lan Tung
- vocal, erhu, guitar, marimba, vibraphone

Three Variations on Plum Blossom梅花三弄– Huan Yi (appr. 350 AD), Arr. Lan Tung (2006)
- erhu, zheng & percussion;
- erhu, flute, zheng & percussion

Tune of Mulberry秦桑曲– Zhou Yanjia (1979), Arr. Lan Tung (2007)
- zheng accompanied by erhu & percussion

Hujia胡笳– Cai Wenji (b.177 AD), arr.: Lan Tung (2001)
- vocal, erhu, zheng & percussion

Three Treasures《三寶佛– Traditional, Arr. Lan Tung (2001)
- erhu, zheng & percussion;
- erhu, zheng & percussion (1998);
- erhu, pipa, ruan, percussion (2010)

New Year’s Eve良宵– Tian-hua Liu, Arr.: Lan Tung (1998)
- erhu & cello (2016)
- erhu, zheng & percussion (1998); 

- erhu, pipa, ruan, marimba (2010);
- erhu, marimba (2015)

Harvest Season豐收秧歌– Ming Kao, Arr.: Lan Tung (1998)
erhu, zheng & percussion (1998);
- erhu, pipa, ruan, percussion (2010)

 

ii) Choral

Taiwanese Folk Song Medley臺灣民謠聯奏– Arr. Lan Tung (2005)
- choir (SMA, SAB or SATB), erhu, zheng & percussion

Ting Song聽松– Huan Yan-jun (1890-1950), Arr. Lan Tung (2004)
- erhu with choir (SMA, SAB or SATB), zheng & percussion

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