Dana Leong Tatler Interview on Pushing Creative Boundaries

Dana Leong

In a recent interview with Tatler, Dana Leong spoke about artificial intelligence (AI), social impact and ground-breaking innovations he’s been able to accomplish along his pursuit of exploration.

Here are some highlights:

“I’ve always been very curious about how things worked in the world and how I could push them to the maximum,” he says. “This curiosity about pushing boundaries has stayed with me throughout my lifetime, and continues to drive me, even to this day.”

Today, Leong continues to explore new frontiers, experimenting with creating music using AI. At the Standard Chartered Private Bank Spirit of Exploration launch party in August, he performed an AI-generated symphony that remixed popular Chinese song Descendants of the Dragon, followed by an interactive performance that created a tectonic neural symphony together with Standard Chartered Private Bank clients, by monitoring their brain activity through Emotiv EEG brain scanners on stage.

“I’ve always been curious and interested in mixing media,” he says. “I think that I’ll always continue to look at other creative industries and figure out new ways we can all lift up together, create commonality and be creative across borders.”


Dana LeongDana Leong is a two-time Grammy award-winning musician, composer, and producer. Considered by many to be the world’s top electric cellist, he has also been referred to as the world’s top trombone player by members of the world-renowned Balkan Beat Box.

Dana’s music spans across multiple genres. His distinctive sound is an emotionally mesmerizing combination of electronic rhythms & uplifting traditional global tapestries. He has taught Jazz at Stanford University from the age of 16; completed the public policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; has given performances and speeches at TEDx Shanghai and the US OPEN Tennis Championship; won two Grammys in Latin Jazz and classical music for his collaboration with Paquito D’rivera; worked with Kanye West and Sean P. Diddy Combs in Hip-Hop, and with DJ A-Trak and DJ Qbert in EDM; been a guest musical director for Fela on Broadway.

As an internationally renowned musician-composer, Dana has cooperated with global brands to create music and immersive experiences. Recently he has created theme songs for top names such including Hermès, Prada, Hugo Boss, Virgin Galactic, IPCN TV, Porsche, Infiniti, New York & Shanghai Fashion Week, Hong Kong Fintech Week, Singapore Fintech Festival and Mont Blanc.

A leading innovator at the intersection of music, technology, and wellness, Dana has performed healing music at the World Economic Forum and is a composer on a ‘musicians against violence’ album produced by Harry Belafonte. He also worked with Yamaha to consult on the design of the “Silent Cello”, serves as a U.S. Musical Ambassador and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

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