Christopher Tin's The Drop That Contained The Sea
Debuts At #1 On The Billboard Classical Traditional Charts
New Album From Two-Time Grammytm Award-Winning Composer Features Soweto Gospel Choir, Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares, Anonymous 4, Schola Cantorum And More
The second album from two-time GrammyTM Award-winning composer Christopher Tin, entitled The Drop that Contained the Sea, has entered the Billboard Classical Traditional Charts at #1 after its first week of release. The ten-part song-cycle explores the theme of water in its different forms, with vocal performances by fellow GrammyTM Award-winners the Soweto Gospel Choir and Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, as well as early music superstars Anonymous 4, Mongolian pop starNominjin, world-renowned fadista Dulce Pontes, GrammyTM-nominated choir Schola Cantorum and more.
The recording follows Tin's debut album Calling All Dawns, which won the GrammyTM for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2011 and contained the hugely popular song "Baba Yetu," which was the theme song for video game Civilization IV and won a GrammyTM for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists (the first piece of video game music to win a GrammyTM).
Says Tin of his new work: "I'm fascinated by the human voice. I love the different ways that people sing-- from the early-morning call of the muezzin, to the melancholy lament of the fadista, to the lonely Mongolian long song echoing across the mountains. When I write new pieces, I try to share a bit of that love."
Of the work's title, he explained: "the title The Drop That Contained the Sea comes from a Sufi concept: in the same way that every drop of water contains the essence of the sea, inside every human is the essence of all of humanity. In keeping with this idea I've introduced a water theme in the prelude, and woven subtle variations throughout the album. It contains all seven notes of a major scale-four descending and three ascending-mirroring the flow of water through our world, and representing the vast ocean of melodic possibility contained within a single scale."
The Drop that Contained the Sea received its World Premiere performance to a sold-out Carnegie Hall on April 13th, 2014, and will receive its West Coast premiere on June 7th & 8th at the Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles.
- Opened at #1 on the Billboard Classical Charts
- Premiered to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium
- ‘Iza Ngomso' won Grand Prize & Lennon Award of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition
- The song ‘Waloyo Yamoni' won First Prize in the USA Songwriting Competition
- ‘Iza Ngomso' also got an honorable mention in the International Songwriting Competition
- Finalist in the Contemporary Classical division of the Independent Music Awards
‘Waloyo Yamoni' is finalist in - World Beat category of the Independent Music Awards