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As a teenager, Willem Tanke felt that the music of J.S. Bach, Olivier Messiaen, John Coltrane's album "A Love Supreme", and a performance of Indian classical music that he attended to were manifestations of a similar kind of sublime energy.

Later, in professional life, he became a critically acclaimed performer of organ works by J.S. Bach, Max Reger, Olivier Messiaen, György Ligeti, and Jan Welmers.

As a composer-performer he develops an original and innovative language that connects musicians of various traditions:

Ways of Talking with Mohini Dey, bass guitar