Anthony Tan

Composer - Pianist - Electronic Musician

Personal Statement

My music investigates:



dimensional thinking

conceptual mapping

historical abstraction

timbre organization

tension situations

contemplative awareness

genre fluidity





Concert Projects

And/OrTurning Point Ensemble
00:00 / 17:24
Observing the Ph(r)aseEnsemble Recherche
00:00 / 09:15
Un/DividedEnsemble Experimental
00:00 / 20:48
OntheSensationsofTone_IINew Music Concerts Toronto
00:00 / 15:48
Pose IV: In SituNoam Bierstone
00:00 / 17:50
Ksana IIEnsemble Contemporaine de Montréal
00:00 / 15:13
BardoEnsemble Recherche + Les Cris de Paris
00:00 / 08:56
VerschmelzungStereo Fixed Media
00:00 / 12:42
Horizontal and Vertical Forces IStereo Fixed Media
00:00 / 07:30








In Progress

2020 - Pose VII - bass flute and electronics
- for Maruta Staravoitava (Germany)

2020/21 - solo guitar and electronics

- for Colin McAllister (USA)

2021 - solo violin and electronics

- for Ilana Waniuk (Canada)

2021/22 - Saxophone, percussion and electronics

- for Scapegoat (Canada/Austria)

2021/22  - piano, vibraphone and percussion

- for the Passepartout Duo (Germany)

2021/22 - string quartet and electronics

- for Quatuor Bozzini (Canada)

2022/23 - Piano, erhu, and electronics

- for PEP (Canada)


Theatreworks-UCCS Presents - USA, 2020

Turning Pont Ensemble, Vancouver, Canada, 2019

Bozzini Quartet + Erreur de Type 27, Quebec City, Canada 2019
LUX:NM, Berlin, Germany 2017
Hellqvist/Amaral/Hyde/Bierstone Project, 2017
Architek Percussion, Montréal, Canada 2016
Hayley-Laufer Duo, New York, USA 2016
New Music Concerts Toronto, Canada 2016
Noam Bierstone, Montréal, Canada 2016
Turning Point Ensemble. Vancouver, Canada 2015
Ensemble EXPERIMENTAL, Freiburg, Germany 2015
Ensemble Contemporaine de Montréal (ECM+), Montréal, Canada 2014
Dresden Philharmonie, Dresden, Germany 2014
Ensemble Recherche, Freiburg, Germany 2014
SWR EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO, Freiburg, Germany 2013
Codes Acces, Montréal, Canada 2012
Fondation Royaumont, Paris, France 2011
Dorothea Hayley, Montréal, Canada 2011
Live@CIRMMT, Montréal, Canada 2011
New Works Calgary, Calgary, Canada 2011
Bravo!FACT, Toronto, Canada 2010
New Orford String Quartet, Montréal, Canada 2010
Toca Loca Ensemble, Montréal, Canada 2009
L’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, Ottawa, Canada 2009
Rubbing Stone Ensemble, Calgary, Canada 2009
Merce Cunningham Company, New York, USA 2007





Album Projects

Side project for mellow felt-piano and minimal electronics 

Ambient album in collaboration with Saxophonist, Improvisor, and Composer Joshua Hyde

This album presents two works within my 'Poses' series - a larger series of works, each for a solo performer and electronics.

This is an album of free-improvised piano music. In contrast to my written composition work, here I explore musical freedom - music without predefined structures and systematized musical parameters, neither embracing nor rejecting any stylistic or aesthetic values. Thus, the music here represents the mental state and physical abilities of a particular time and place culminating in an instantaneous composition.

Label: Polish Composer's Union
Catalog number : Polmic 133

Pose II: On the Shadows of Ideas(2013) - for Piano and Live Electronics

Performed by Rei Nakamura (Piano) and the SWR EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO (Electronics)

Rubbing Stone Ensemble
Label: Centaur
Catalog number : CMCCD19213

UnRavel (2009) - for Violin, Ondes Martenot samples, and live electronics

Performed by Donovan Seidle











Tan, A. (2019), "Reality Sounding: Annesley Black's not thinking about the elephants." Circuit: Musique Contemporaines 29,       no.3 (2019): 73-90.

Tan, A. (2019). Memory and Synchronicity: Two approaches to Live Electronics. In Live Electronics im/in SWR Experimentalstudio.   Wolke Verlag.

Tan, A. (2014, June). Timbre as Vertical Process: Attempting a Perceptually Informed Functionality of Timbre.   In Electroacoustic Music Studies Network Conference (EMS14), Berlin, Germany.

Tan, A. (2015). Ksana: Compositional Control of Spectral Fusion as a Parameter of Timbre Functionality (Doctoral dissertation, McGill University Libraries).




4/28/21 - Miami, USA - New Music Miami Festival - Colin McAllister, electric guitar - Premiere of Pose VIII: revealing the divide
3/27/21 - Camrose, Canada - Roger Admiral, piano  - Performance of Pose II: on the shadows of ideas
6/6/20 - 6/10/20 and 8/10/20 - 8/14/20 -  Twisted Spruce Guitar and Composition Symposium
4/25/20 - Montréal, Canada - Quatuor Bozzini - Performance of Ways of Returning 
3/12/20 - 3/29/20 - Colorado Springs, USA - Theatre Works Production of  An Iliad, Incidental music
3/12/20 - Colorado Springs, USA - Bozzini Quartet Residency - Performance of Ways of Returning 
1/12/20 - San Diego, USA - SoundON Festival - Performance of On the Sensations of Tone II
1/9/20 - San Diego, USA - SoundON Festival - Solo piano and electronics set









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