Cultural and Creative Industries

Culture is the heritage linking different generations of a nation. Cultural power and competitiveness signify the prosperity and vigor of a nation. According to statistics, the contribution of China’s cultural industry to its national economy is well below the level in the developed world like the US. Contribution of cultural industry to the US GDP amounts to 31% and that of the UK exceeds 15%, but it is less than 3% in China. Cultural creative industry has been listed among the priorities of China’s development strategy. On Mar. 14, 2014, the State Council released ‘Opinions on Facilitating the Integrated Development of Cultural Creative Industry and Design Service with Related Industries’. The policy is expected to fuel the integrated development of those industries. Such integrated development is designed to transform manufacturing into creation and spur the cultural and creative industry. Cities across China are also boosting the development of cultural creative industries with relevant policy measures. In 2013, the added value of cultural creative industry in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen were 240.6 billion RMB, 250 billion RMB, and 135.7 billion RMB, with a growth rate of 9.1%, 10.1%, 18%, all outperforming their GDP growth rates. The vigorous growth of cultural creative industry has become the strategic backbone industry of regional economy, a new growth point and a new engine of economic growth.

DeTao Cultural Creative Industry was established in response to China’s strategy to develop cultural creative industry, socialist culture, and meet the growing demand of the general public. The Center covers music, design, performing, photographing, painting, and sculpture. Currently, the Center has brought together 29 world top Masters. Some of them are recipients of the Emmy Award and the Academy Award, like Professor Steve McCurry, Chief Photographer with National Geographic, Professor Chieli Minucci, world renowned guitarist, Professor Maurizio di Mattia, one of the most recognized directors on the world opera stage, and Professor Dun Li, China’s renowned musical producer. DeTao and Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (SIVA) have worked together to establish DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai, first of its kind comprising world industry Masters, and to launch Musical DreamWork project. Recently, the original Chinese musical co-produced by Professor Dun Li and DeTao ‘Mama, Love Me Again’ won the Jury Award, the top honor, at the 8th Daegu International Musical Festival in South Korea. That has reshaped the musical industry of Asia, ranking China among Asia’s top three.

  • Michael Yamashita

    DeTao Master of Biogeochemistry

    Photographer Michael Yamashita was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, in suburban New York City. He spent seven years in Asia, which became his photographic area of specialty. Upon returning to the US, Yamashita began shooting for the National Geographic as well as other American and international magazines and clients. He has been shooting for the National Geographic magazine for over 30 years, combining his dual passion of photography and travel. In addition to Yamashita’s focus on Asia, his work has taken him to six continents. As a third-generation Japanese-American, he has covered the length of Japan, from Hokkaido to Kyushu. Yamashita’s particular specialty is in retracing the paths of famous travelers, resulting in stories on Marco Polo, the Japanese poet Basho, and the Chinese explorer Zheng He.

  • Roger Christiansen

    DeTao Master of Cinematic Arts

    Roger S. Christiansen is a director with extensive experience in multi-camera and single camera sitcom productions. Roger’s affable manner and knack for working and communicating with actors of all ages has garnered him the distinction of directing many successful series and afforded him the privilege of working with actors like Jeniffer Aniston, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Cosgrove, Brooke Shields, Christina Applegate, Courteney Cox, Eric Idle, Vicki Lawrence, Dolly Parton, Kiki Palmer, Larry David, Donny Osmond and Ray Romano. Roger S. Christiansen has had the honor and the privilege to direct on two very popular shows, Friends and Hannah Montana. Over the years, Roger has established himself as a leading Tween Comedy director with Hannah Montana, iCarly, Drake and Josh, Zoey 101, True Jackson VP and Corey In The House. Roger recently finished directing in New Orleans on several episodes of the popular pre-teen show, Imagination Movers. Currently, Roger is now one of the series directors on a new Nickelodeon show, Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures. With his ability to attend to the demand for tight production schedules, Roger’s directing credits also include episodes of Friends, Girlfriends, Suddenly Susan and For Your Love. Roger received an Emmy award for his contribution on Friends and an Outstanding Director nomination from BET for Girl friends. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America.

  • Tielin Jin

    DeTao Master of Chinese Vocal Music Education

    Professor Jin Tielin is a renowned vocalist and vocal educator in China, and has created his own distinct way of singing. He used to serve as President of China Conservatory from 1996 to September 2009, and is now its Honorary President. He is also a member of the CPPCC National Committee, Vice-Chairman of Chinese Musicians Association, Chairman of Beijing Federation of Literature and Art Circles, Vice-President of Chinese Vocal Institute and Chairman of the Chinese National Vocal Music Art Research Association. He was honored as Distinguished Teacher of Beijing Higher Education, National Excellent Expert with Outstanding Contribution, National Model Teacher, Beijing Expert with Outstanding Contribution in Science, Technology & Management (2003), and received National Excellent Teaching Award, Qu Yongxi Outstanding Music Education Award by Ministry of Culture (1999) and National Distinguished Teacher Award (2006).

  • Dun Li

    DeTao Master of Musical

    A celebrated Chinese musical producer, Dun Li is a Chinese Culture & Art Excellence Artist award winner by World Artists Association in 2004. In addition, he obtained the Chinese Cultural and Creative Industry Leading Role award in 2011 and was producer of the Beijing Oriental Songlei Musical Development Company. As guest professor at the Beijing Dance Academy, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Communication University of China, Seoul Institute of the Arts and Keimyung University he was also invited to lecture at the Institute for Cultural Industries, Peking University, Institute of Military Engineering of PLA, Chinese University of Hong Kong, National Taipei University and Harbin Institute of Technology.

  • Kenneth Fields

    DeTao Master of Digital Media

    Dr. Kenneth Fields is currently the Canada Research Chair in Telemedia Arts, which investigates all aspects of artistic and musical performances over high-speed networks. He is also Professor of Network and Electronic Music at the Central Conservatory of Music since 2003. He is the first Ph.D. with the Media Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara (2000) and an early investigator of ontological/semantic methods for expert knowledge classification in the professional field of digital audio (2007). Ken is now actively developing an application called Artsmesh, a network enabled presence platform for the World Live Web.

  • Michael Rogers

    DeTao Master of Foresight & Creativity

    Michael Rogers is an author, futurist and technology pioneer who recently completed two years as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times. He is a columnist for, and his consultancy, Practical Futurist, helps businesses and organizations worldwide think about the future. In recent years he has pioneered the use of traditional futurist tools such as the Delphi panel and scenario-planning as highly interactive exercises for small groups of executives.

  • Shanhong Wan

    DeTao Master of China's National Opera Performing Arts

    As a renowned soprano of the China Opera and Dance Drama Theatre, country-level actress, member of the Chinese Musicians’ Association as well as member of the Chinese Dramatists’ Association, Prof Wan Shanhong receives the allowance granted by the State Council for experts having made outstanding contributions to their own area. Her teachers include famous vocal music professors such as Guo Lanying, Weng Ruomei, Li Bo, Wang Fuzeng, Zhou Xiaoyan, Gu Jianfen. As a result of systematic training, her performance is sincere in emotions, graceful and touching and her voice is sweet, bright and mellow. She became widely recognized in the drama circle as the most outstanding opera singer in China after successfully playing the heroines in such large operas as The White Haired Girl, Xiao Erhei Gets Married, Red Guards on Honghu Lake, Jiang Jie, The Wilderness, The Passion and the Love, Eight Heroines Who Drowned Themselves in a River and so on. In 1988, she won the Plum Blossom Award, the top award in the opera circle in China for her role as the heroine, Jin Zi in The Wilderness and was hailed as “The First Singer of Chinese Opera”. Prof Wan is quite accomplished in folk songs including Ode to the public Servant, Red Lily Blossoms, Joy of Emancipation, Wushan Goddess and The Small Golden Moon, which are of enduring appeal and have won universal praise. She won the Award of Excellence in the Peacock Cup, the national vocal music competition. Later, she won the first place of the Professional Folk Singing Group of the 4th National Young Singers’ Competition held by CCTV. It is unprecedented in the music circle that one person can win the top award in both bel canto and folk singing; therefore she is regarded by many as “a genius actress in the music circle”.

  • Bei La

    DeTao Master of Romantic Fiction

    Bei La is the representative of Neo-romanticism Literature in China. She was born in Shanghai (China) into a family of doctors. At the age of 20, she left China to pursue her studies in Italy and Japan, majoring in piano. Eventually she moved to North America.She began writing prose and short stories as a student. Her first book "The Night of Tokyo" was published in 1991. In 1994, she published another book "A Shanghai Girl in Japan". It caused a stir, and the signature sale was unprecedented. Shanghai TV Station reported the whole event. This book was ranked No 1 by the "Wenhui Reading Weekly” in the National Bestseller list. A famous short stories collection of Bei La’s “The endless Spring", obtained No 4 in Shanghai’s bestseller list immediately upon publication. It was also ranked as the No 1 Classical Book Bestseller among publishers. Bei La has successively obtained more than 10 literature awards among the global Chinese publication.

  • Ken Field

    DeTao Master of Music Business, Composition, Performance, and Soundtrack Design

    Ken Field is a Boston-based saxophonist, flautist, percussionist, and composer. Since 1988 he has been a member of the internationally acclaimed modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. Field also leads the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, an improvisational brass band whose second release, Forked Tongue, was included on best-of-year lists in the Village Voice, the Postimees (Estonia), and ten others. The Ensemble's debut CD, Year of the Snake, was named by WNYC music director John Schaefer as one of his top 20 "new sounds" releases of all time. The group has appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Puffin Cultural Forum, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and numerous other venues.

  • Anthony De Ritis

    DeTao Master of Music and New Media Arts Management

    Music technologist and composer Anthony Paul De Ritis’ music has been described as “...intriguingly beautiful... cutting-edge” (Tech TV); “...brash, rhythmic, propulsive and completely engaging” (Contra Costa Times) and sounding “like a rich tapestry in the spirit of Charles Ives” (Boston Globe). He has received performances nationally and internationally, including at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, Yale’s Woolsey Hall, Taipei’s Zhong Shan Hall, Beijing’s Yugong Yishan, Seoul’s KT Art Hall, and UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where his Melody for Peace was premiered by the Prague Philharmonic. De Ritis’ Devolution, a Concerto for DJ and Symphony Orchestra, features Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid as soloist, “confirmed that the turntable has been reinvented as a bona fide musical instrument, and that the worlds of classical and futuristic pop are not, in fact, mutually exclusive” (San Francisco Chronicle). A CD of his orchestral music will be released by the 5-time Grammy nominated Boston Modern Orchestra Project in early 2012. De Ritis also works frequently with Chinese traditional instruments, in particular, with pipa virtuosi Min Xiao-Fen and Wu Man, and in Fall 2011 he was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.

  • Josep Henriquez

    DeTao Master of Guitar Art

    After more than thirty years of performing concerts throughout the world, classical guitarist Josep Henríquez, born in Barcelona, is still today in great demand by cultural associations, music festivals, conservatories of music and universities around the world. His musical personality and instrumental technique have earned him an international reputation.

  • Maurizio di Mattia

    DeTao Master of Opera

    Recognized as one of the best stage directors in Italy, Prof. Maurizio di Mattia has established a definitive engagement with the Opera House in Rome in the middle of 1980s, where he works until today, in the direction office. In 90's he made some direction productions including La Gioconda, Aida, Tosca, Rigoletto, II Trovatore, Turandot and many others both in Italy and abroad. His great passion for the barock culture is the leitmotiv of his work between opera and drama Le remede de fortune and Diana Schernita.

  • Chieli Minucci

    DeTao Master of Contemporary Jazz Music

    Chieli Minucci is the leader of the Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group, Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, which formed in 1982.Also known as a composer for television and film, Minucci was nominated for 10 Daytime Emmy Awards and has won three, in 1998, 2007, and most recently in 2008, for his eclectic compositional work in the USA, on CBS’s "The Guiding Light", which holds the record as the longest running TV show in American history. He has written music for well-known programs such as Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, Good Morning America (theme), Bloomberg Radio (theme), Access Hollywood, and others. He also contributed music to the soundtracks of "No Country for Old Men" (2007), as well as most recently to ‘Lifted’ (2007).

  • Herman Rarebell

    DeTao Master of Music Producing

    Mr. Hermann Rarebell is a German drummer, best known for his time in the band Scorpions from 1977 to 1995, playing on 8 studio albums. Rarebell's English was the best in the band at the time of his joining and he was an important composer in the history of the group, writing songs like "Another Piece of Meat", "Falling in Love" and the second single from Savage Amusement "Passion Rules the Game". He wrote lyrics for some of the most popular songs of the band such as: "Rock You like a Hurricane", "Make It Real", "Dynamite", "Blackout", "Arizona", "Bad Boys Running Wild", "Don't Stop at the Top", "Tease Me, Please Me". In 1982 he released his first solo album “Nip in the Bud”. Afterward, he co-created Monaco Records with Prince Albert of Monaco. Rarebell released “I'm Back” in June 2007 on Mausoleum Records, with touring in the United States, Europe and Japan. In 2009 Herman returned with his new band Herman Ze German to perform at Rocklahoma.

  • Michael Ende

    Detao Master of Photography

    Prof. Michael Ende is a German born photographer and documentary film maker, based since 1985 in Brazil. Since January 2008 constantly traveling and working between China and Brazil, finding out the similarities and differences between the two most important emerging countries of the new century, approaching and connecting these "distant neighbors" through photography. His main focus during the more than 30 years of his career are the overcoming of social hardships - as poverty, hunger, urban violence, lack of education - and the solution for mankind's most urgent challenge: to find an ecological balance without neglecting wealth and prosperity to the people. His award winning show “Rio by Night” with pictures from Rio de Janeiro’s underground nightlife is to be shown in Beijing’s 798 art district.

  • Roy Ascott

    DeTao Master of Technoetic Arts

    Prof. Roy Ascott is internationally recognized as the pioneer and seminal theorist of cybernetic and telematic art. His work focuses on the impact of digital and telecommunications networks on consciousness. He has shown at the Venice Biennale, V2 , Milan Triennale, Biennale do Mercosul Brazil, European Media Festival, INDAF 2010 Korea, Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris. He advises arts councils, media centers, and festivals in Europe, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, USA and UNESCO. In 2012, Prof. Ascott became a DeTao Master at the DeTao Masters Academy. As one of the most outstanding artists and theoreticians in the field of new media, and a visionary educational innovator, he will promote the development of research in art, science, technology and consciousness in China. The exhibition of his work, Roy Ascott: Syncretic Cybernetics, will form part of the Shanghai Biennale 2012.

  • Steve McCurry

    DeTao Master of Photography

    Steve McCurry, recognized universally as one of today’s finest image-makers, has won many of photography’s top awards. Best known for his evocative color photography, McCurry, in the finest documentary tradition, captures the essence of human struggle and joy. Member of Magnum Photos since 1986, McCurry has searched and found the unforgettable; many of his images have become modern icons. Born in Philadelphia, McCurry graduated cum laude from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. After working at a newspaper for two years, he left for India to freelance. It was in India that McCurry learned to watch and wait on life. “If you wait,” he realized, “people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view.”

  • Joan Banach

    DeTao Master of Contemporary Art (Painting)

    Born 26 September 1948, Brooklyn, New York. Attended Lafayette High School; recipient of The Art Chairmans Award sponsored by The Youth Friends Association. Attended Brooklyn College; studied with Lee Bontecou, Harry Holtzman, Robert Henry, Sylvia Stone, David Sawin. Donati Foundation Fellowship, 1984. Visiting Artist, Bennington College, Vermont, October 1999. John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Painting, 2000. Guest artist for "Painting Today," an undergraduate and graduate program at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 2008 and May 2010. Participating artist in 5 x 20 x 20. A talk at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 21, 2009, moderated by Christian Rattemayer; a series of public programs presented in conjunction with an exhibition of selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection. In June 2012, Banach joined DeTao Masters Academy as a DeTao Master of Contemporary art (Painting)

  • Brendan Power

    DeTao Master of Harmonica Performance Art

    Prof. Brendan Power is acknowledged by many as one of the most creative, skilled & versatile harmonica players around today. Equally at ease on both the earthy Blues Harp as well as the sophisticated Chromatic Harmonica, he tunes them to his own scales to create a highly original style. He has recorded fifteen solo CDs to date, in a wide variety of musical genres.

  • Marc Battier

    Detao Master of Electroacoustic Music

    Prof. Marc Battier is a composer of electroacoustic music (electronic music, computer music, live electronic music) whose music is widely performed and have been commissioned in several countries in Asia, Europe and North America. Being in the field since 1970, he has extensive knowledge of all types of electronic music, computer music and live electronic music.

  • Mark Chait

    DeTao Master of Film and Television Arts & Music

    Mark Chait is an Emmy Award Winning Composer and three times Telly Award Winner. A prodigy of the concert piano and violin, he has performed worldwide for audiences as diverse as the King of Swaziland and the Clintons. Born in Capetown, South Africa, he is a classically trained pianist and violinist who earned the prestigious Australian Music Examination Board (A.M.E.B.) scholarship in Sydney, Australia. After moving to New York City, Mark started writing film music and has now become an internationally recognized composer/songwriter known for his haunting melodies and sweeping orchestrations.

  • Alexina Louie

    DeTao Master of Opera

    Alexina Louie is one of Canada’s most highly regarded and most often performed composers. Her desire for self-expression, her recognizable sound world, as well as her explorations of Asian music, art, and philosophy, have contributed to the development of her unique musical voice. Her work is communicative and highly dramatic, and it pushes the boundaries of convention and tradition.

  • David H. Levy

    DeTao Master of Astronomy

    Prof. David H. Levy is a renowned astronomer and science writer discovering 22comets, most famous for his co-discovery in 1993 of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994. In addition to being the Senator John Rhodes Chair in Public Policy and American Institutions at Arizona State University in 2004, he is also an author or editor of 35 books and other products. Science Editor for Parade Magazine, from 1997 to 2006, he was able to reach more than 80 million readers, almost a quarter of the population of the United States.

  • Peter Kam

    DeTao Master of Composition

    Professor Peter Kam is a diversified musician. He received disciplinary training at San Francisco State University and Dick Grove School of Music. He is known for his unique style and creativity in movies, advertisement and pop music creation. He contributed hard-won touches to several movies and songs.

  • David Geber

    DeTao Master of Cello and Chamber Music

    Professor David Geber, Vice Provost and Dean of Artistic Affairs at Manhattan School of Music in New York, received his training at the Juilliard School. He currently teaches at Manhattan School of Music, Music Academy of the West (California) and the Tanglewood Music Center (Massachusetts). He is Vice President of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation and the American Friends of Kronberg Academy. He has won first prize in distinguished international chamber music competitions, including the Walter W. Naumburg Award and the Coleman Chamber Music Prize. He has recorded for Albany Records, Capstone Records, CRI, Musical Heritage Society, New World Records, Nonesuch Records, and RCA. Mr. Geber frequently gives recitals and master classes in North America, and has adjudicated for major international string competitions including Bordeaux, Evian and Naumburg.

  • Hummie Mann

    DeTao Master of Film Music

    Prof. Hummie Mann is a two-time Emmy award-winning film score composer/arranger. He has collaborated with some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors in both theatrical and television films, including Mel Brooks, Peter Yates, Leszek Burzynski, Billy Crystal, Simon Wincer, Jonathan Kaplan, Joe Dante and Norman Jewison, etc. His most famous projects ranging from Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Dracula-Dead & Loving It, Year of the Comet, Thomas and the Magic Railroad, to In Cold Blood, The Second Civil War and so on.

  • Anne Hamburger

    DeTao Master of Theatre Production

    Prof. Anne Hamburger is a cultural entrepreneur and producer and the President of Big Heart Theatrical, LLC that creates and produces Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre, site-specific theatre and multi-media experiences. She was the founder and artistic director of En Garde Arts, a renowned not-for-profit site-specific theatre company in New York, the Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse, an esteemed regional theatre, and an Executive Vice President for a global division for Disney. Being the Artistic Director of the La Jolla Playhouse, she gave the creators of Spring Awakening the opportunity to create their first workshop and produced Thoroughly Modern Millie that went on to win a Tony Award for Best Musical on Broadway. In addition, En Garde Arts’work received six Obies, an Outer Critics Circle Award and two Drama Desk Awards in her tenure as Artistic Director. She, herself, was recognized with the Edwin Booth and Lee Reynolds Awards for the impressive body of her work.

  • Alain Lortie

    DeTao Master of Stage Lighting Art

    Professor Lortie is a well-known and highly respected lighting designer with a career spanning more than 30 years. In addition to being part of the creation team of Le Cirque du Soleil, he has also diversified his experience working with exceptionally talented creators for world-wide touring dance, music and theatre productions, including directors Robert Lepage, Michel Lemieux and Gilles Maheu on the creation of the Musical Notre-Dame de Paris. Professor Lortie was awarded seventh Felix Award as Lighting Director of the Year at the ADISQ music awards and a Masques award for the best lighting of Dead Souls as well as a Dora Mavor Moore Award. Besides, Professor Lortie has developed contact with cultural scene in Asia such as the Shanghai Circus World's 2005 spectacle ERA, Shanghai World Expo’s Windows of city and a new Musical creation in Beijing, Love you Teresa which will open in June, 2014.

  • GU Zhengkun

    DeTao Master of New Sinology

    GU Zhengkun is a Professor and head of Institute of foreign languages of the world literature at Peking University, as well as supervisor doctoral students. Presently he holds a post of president in International Association for Comparative Study of China and the West (Dual-President System), China Society of Foreign Literature of Shakespeare Research Association, and Executive Member in Chinese Culture Promotion Society. He was once served as guest professor at Tsinghua University, Nankai University and Ouachita Baptist University, USA. He was also the first-class calligrapher and painter at the East China Academy of Calligraphy and Painting, Beijing, China and the project director for research of Foreign Ancient Myth Epic which is research projects of national priority.

  • Yin Mei

    DeTao Master of Dance

    Yin Mei is a Professor and director of Dance at Queens College, New York City University. Yin Mei is also a category-defying director/choreographer/performance artist known for creating dance theater works that fearlessly bridge geographic, technological, artistic and cultural divides to conjure a unique brand of theatrical magic. Yin Mei was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship (2012 Hong Kong), a Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography in 2005, was a Choreography Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2004 and was twice nominated for a Cal-Arts Alpert Award in Choreography. In teaching,she has twice been the recipient of a Queens College Presidential Research Award for her choreographic work and has four times received an Innovative Teaching Award from the College.