Splish Splash, Music’s Taking a Bath

Though perhaps best known for his film scores, including “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Tan Dun is a prolific and versatile composer whose work fuses conventional instruments, natural sounds, electronics and Asian and Western idioms into a dynamic, cohesive whole.

In this interview, recorded during La Jolla Music Society’s 2012 SummerFest season, Tan Dun discusses the artistic strategies employed in his theatrical oratorio “Water Passion,” inspired by Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion.”

You’ll be able to see more from this and other SummerFest performances when they premiere in October on UCTV. For now, get primed with this special “UCTV Prime Cuts” clip from the show.

Or how about catching up with some of Tan Dun’s previous SummerFest appearances?

Tan Dun’s Elegy: Snow in June — La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2006

Tan Dun’s “Ghost Opera” – La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2003