Willem Tanke is a prominent interpreter of organ works by Olivier Messiaen and Max Reger: 


His Bach interpretation brings lightness and elegance into organ art: Dancing Bach on the organ.

As an improviser and a performing composer Willem Tanke creates a new musical language which brings together musicians with avant-jazz, avant-pop, Western classical and traditional African and Asian backgrounds. In a review on his CD Meditations for a lent  for American Record Guide, Ralph Blakely wrote: 

"This recording will be at the top of my critic's choice-list for the year. I believe it may be the most important recording I've reviewed for ARG. Tanke wrote that he intended to explore the direction music is heading in the 21st century. If that be so, I am excited about where it is going."

Willem Tanke combines the organ with tabla, assimilating bird songs by Messiaen in his improvisations: Organ and tabla, with Sandip Bhattacharya

He gives a 21st dimension to playing the pedals: Grand solo for the pedals






















 



Using his expertise as a Messiaen interpreter, Tanke stretches the boundaries of avant-jazz: The Waiting Traveller


His composition Stillness  suits playing with musicians from world music traditions:  Stillness with Michalis Kouloumis, violin

He plays the Yamaha SY99 synthesizer in a new context: The Great Voyage