Anthony Tan

Residence: Montréal, Canada

Anthony Tan studied human and plant genetics, then moonlighted as an acid-techno DJ before deciding on the path of contemporary art-music composition. As an artist he is interested in incorporating a diverse set of interests into his musical life including Eastern mysticism and literature, Psychoacoustics, Physical Sciences. Somaticism and a personal Ashtanga Yoga and Vajrayana Meditation practice. His research interests include acoustic, electronic and mixed media composition, and contemporary improvisation. His experiences at the Cantos Music Foundation where he served as an interpreter, researcher, and sound archivist for their vintage acoustic and electronic! keyboard collection helped shape his musical and sonic palette. Having also taken a keen interest in music for contemporary dance, Anthony Tan has written music for numerous contemporary dance companies including the Merce Cunningham Faculty School, Ephemeral Industry, as well as various other choreographers in Montreal, New York, and Calgary. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from the University of Calgary and has received a diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from which he received the Gold medal. He currently resides in Montreal where he is pursuing his Master’s degree in Composition at McGill University.

Date: May 18, 2008

Source: JTTP 2008