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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Page D6 ■ Altoona Mirror LIFE Thursday, February 15, 2001 Composer’s work transcends genres, cultures By Martin Steinberg The Associated Press NEW YORK — He was born in Chairman Mao Tse-tung’s home province in 1957 and spent two years planting rice in a commune during the Cultural Revolution. He never heard the names — let alone the music — of Bach, Beethoven or Mozart until he was 19. Now, Tan Dun is one of the world’s leading composers, a true citizen of the 21st century cosmos where East meets West in Manhattan’s SoHo melting pot. His music spans the avant-garde minimalism of John Cage and the romanticism of Hollywood. Among Tan’s latest works is the score to Ang Lee’s acclaimed fantasy “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” with cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma. Set in imperial China, the movie takes the kung fu tradition on a journey of balletic battles through austere deserts, thickets of bamboo trees and mountain tops. Its theme — the elusiveness of love — transcends borders. The music, too, straddles East and West. An orchestra of lush strings is augmented by traditional Chinese instruments, including snakeskin Fiddle, bamboo flute and hand drum. The cello plays a sentimental melodic line that slides over musical frqntiers and up and down octaves like a pair of tigers sizing each other up. The movie has been nominated for IO Oscars, including best mus-cial score. Lee, Tan and Ma themselves are living examples of the movie’s cross-cultural transcendence. Lee, who won the Golden Globe directing award for the movie, was born in Taiwan and moved to the United States in 1978, studying theater and filmmaking at the University of Illinois and New York University. He went on to The Associated Press Cellist Yo-Yo Ma (right) and composer Tan Dun go over Tan’s “Symphony 1997” in Palm Beach, Fla., in this 1997 photo. Tan’s latest works include the musical score to the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” make such movies as “The Wedding Banquet,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “The Ice Storm” before directing “Crouching Tiger,” which he calls “a dream of China that probably never existed except in my boyhood fantasies in Taiwan.” His current projects include "Incredible Hulk” and a movie about magician Harry Houdini. Lee and Tan became friends after meeting at a party about IO years ago, when Tan was a student at Columbia University and Lee was at NYU. Lee remembers hearing “a very energetic, passionate guy” with a peasant accent telling a dirty joke. For the movie, Lee asked Tan to set aside his minimalist style, which has included atonal, deconstructive compositions that use ceramic instruments and sounds from water, stones, paper and metal. After being asked to join the project, Yo-Yo Ma welcomed the opportunity to work with Lee for the first time and to collaborate again with Tan; Ma and Tan had worked together on Tan’s “Symphony 1997: Heaven Earth Mankind” at the internationally televised ceremony marking the British handover of Hong Kong to China. Ma is the Paris-born son of Chinese emigre musicians who later moved to the United States. Two measures at a time, his violinist father started teaching him the Bach Cello Suites at age 4. The rest is history. His grasp of the classical music canon is so firm that he has more or less exhausted the traditional cello repertoire and has become a leading crossover musician, going from Bach to bluegrass. “The purpose,” Ma said, “is for people to communicate their inner lives. It’s a hard thing to do, and music I think is a very good way to express the inner life.... This is a way where people can say, ‘Oh, I really get what you’re about.’” What’s Tan about? He was born in Hunan province and grew up in a village with shamanistic traditions. He received no early training but was drawn to music as a child, playing violin in an ensemble whose other instruments included woks, cooking pots, chopsticks and any other implement that could be used to make sound. “For a long time I would play the violin and have only three strings,” Tan explained. “That’s because I didn’t have a violin teacher, and during the Cultural Revolution, first of all it is not allowed to teach Western music. Second, I didn’t have money to buy the extra string.” He didn’t know of Western music until the Philadelphia Orchestra visited China during the thawing of U.S.-Chinese cultural relations. “I totally got into Western music because since I never heard Western music until I was 19,1 suddenly realized that kind of music should be my future,” he said. I The Mirror Ifs A Buyers Market! With the slow down in the economy, we are feeling the pinch at Comino Home Furnishings. 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Ritchey Well Drilling & Pump Service 814-695-1492 or 814-695-8842 GRACE /Show was on Broadway (Continued from Page DI) The challenge, Anastasi said, is to keep the audience interested in the everyday conversation of the play where two women, one very modern and one very traditional, get to know each other. The role of Glorie is different from others Anastasi has portrayed. She has performed in a number of ACT productions and she directed the comedy “The Nerd” for ACT. “It [the role of Glorie] hits home a lot. There’s a lot of me in this play,” she said. “I want to hide behind a character and sometimes I’m not able to. It’s hard emotionally.” She said the play is a drama, not a comedy, but it does have some humor. Although not suitable for young children, she said teenagers will probably be able to relate the play to their parents and grandparents. “I think older people will like it very much. They’ll like the character of Grace,” she said. Anastasi is hoping the play will get the audience thinking and responding. Helsel said the show was last performed on Broadway in 1996. It starred Estelle Parsons as Grace and Lucie Arnez as Glorie. Two years ago, a television adaptation starred Ellen Burstyn as Grace. Because of the content of the play, ACT sought support for the show from the local health care industry. Sponsors, who each contributed $1,000, are Bon Secours-Holy Family Health System and Janet Weis.Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network. Mirror Staff Writer Barbara Cowan can be reached at 946-7466 or [email protected] Altoona Beverage President’s Day Savings... We Cai Not Tel A Lie, Seethe leer Bam For The Lowest Beet Prices! JUST REDUCED PRICES ON ALL IMPORTS AMP MICRO BREWS' Good News ...Even Though Prices On Bud 30 Paks & Genny 36 Paks Were Increased You Only Pay 1999 ■SJI Bar %jur KILLARNE Y’S 24Pak $<i C.29 12 Oz. NR’s BUDWEISER Reg., Light Or Ice 24 Pak $4 0-97 12 Oz. 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We would also like to thank the nurses on the 12th floor Progressive Care Unit, and the 10th floor, especially Patty, for everything they did for Donna and her family at this very difficult time. We thank each and everyone of you very much. Also, a huge thank you to Debbie Brown at the City View Cafe for all her prayers, and words of comfort. THE FAMILY OF DONNA PRICE, Everett, PA BLUE KNOB - OFF    SCHOOL    SPECIAL Buy One - Get One FREE with This Coupon TUBING PARK ONLY  Friday, Fob. 16th Payrlc Hours IO AWI -.IO RWI ^ ^ f ;

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