13 February 2011
Composer Christopher Tin’s classical/world fusion album, Calling All Dawns, was the recipient of two Grammys at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards: Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for his hit song Baba Yetu.
Recorded and mixed at Abbey Road Studios, Calling All Dawns features the collaborative efforts of over 200 musicians from around the world, singing poems and prayers in 12 different languages. Performers include legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, early music singers Anonymous 4, Iranian-born Sussan Deyhim, Portuguese fado singer Dulce Pontes, Chinese soprano Jia Ruhan, and Japanese pop singers Lia, Aoi Tada and Kaori Omura. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Lucas Richman, performs the orchestral accompaniment.
The opening song, Baba Yetu, (featuring Soweto Gospel Choir) is well known to video game aficionados as the theme song to the popular game ‘Civilization IV’. Originally written for the game, it has since become a crossover hit outside of the video game industry, and has received close to 1000 live concert performances both from local and professional choirs, and as a staple of the Video Games Live concert tour. Tin’s win marks the first time ever that a piece of music written for a video game has received Grammy recognition.