CH 2010 58'
Director: Markus Unterfinger
Script: Markus Unterfinger
Camera: Simon Guy Fässler, Angelo Scudeletti
Sound: Ramón Orza
Editing:: Michael Hertig, Rosmarie Schaub
Production:: Tilt Production GmbH, Kaspar Winkler
MUHAI TANG – IN THE OCEAN OF MUSIC is a portrait of Chinese conductor Muhai Tang’s extraordinary life. Born in 1949, the founding year of the People’s Republic of China, and raised during the Cultural Revolution, it seemed as if he would have to abandon his dream of a career in music. However, his talent, perseverance and the support of Herbert von Karajan ultimately brought him to the world’s concert halls.
To me, notes are not just notes. I see the tears and hear the joy behind them.
Today, Muhai Tang is a global nomad. A wanderer between the worlds which he unites with music. His personal history, interspersed with historical caesurae, is typical for Chinese of his generation. He gained access to western culture early on through music. Muhai Tang’s life and work are exemplary of a changing China and the enrichment of the world by an artist between East and West.
In a globalized world, cultural interest in others is the key to understanding strangers.
Muhai Tang was born in 1949 into a family of artists. His father is the Chinese film pioneer Xiaodan Tang. Muhai’s mother, Weije Wan, is a writer and film cutter. During the Cultural Revolution, Muhai Tang served the People’s Liberation Army in a remote outpost in Urumqi.
In 1972, he began his studies at the Shanghai Music Conservatory. In 1979, he visited Europe for the first time: the start of an international career. Muhai Tang is married to the Korean concert pianist Ju Hee Suh and father of a 5-year old daughter. As a global nomad he commutes between Zurich, Shanghai, Antwerp and the world’s major concert halls.