The Drop That Contained the Sea

A theme and variations on water.

The Drop That Contained the Sea is a collection of commissioned works on the theme of water. Each of the 10 pieces is sung in a different language, exploring a different vocal tradition: Bulgarian women's choirs, Mongolian throat singing, and Portuguese fado, to name just a few. Each piece also deals with water in a different form, arranged in the order that water flows through the world: melting snow, mountain streams, rivers, the ocean, and so forth. And like Calling All Dawns, the end of the album flows back into the beginning, reflecting the endless nature of the water cycle.

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.

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Calling All Dawns

A song cycle about life.

Calling All Dawns is a song-cycle in three movements: day, night and dawn. Each movement corresponds to a different phase of life--life, death, and rebirth. There are songs of joy, mystery, and hardship, reflecting the complexity of our mortality. There are songs of the deepest, darkest sorrow to accompany us through death. And finally, there are songs of triumph and exultation that bring us roaring back to life, beginning the cycle anew.

The twelve songs are sung in twelve languages, including Swahili, Mandarin, Hebrew, Irish, Farsi, and many more. The lyrics themselves come from a variety of sources, both sacred and secular: Japanese haiku, Maori proverbs, the Torah, the Bhagavad Gita, and many more. Each song flows seamlessly into the next, and the album ends on the same chord that it opens with--thereby representing the fluid, cyclical nature of the universe. It carries a strong message of unity: that regardless of race, culture and religious belief, we are all connected through our common human experience.

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Featured Artists:

Baba Yetu


Mado Kara Mieru



Dao Zai Fan Ye

Se É Pra Vir Que Venha

Rassemblons-Nous

Caoineadh


Hymn do Trójcy Świętej

Hayom Kadosh

Hamsáfár

Sukla-Krsne


Kia Hora Te Marino

Soweto Gospel Choir
Solo: Ron Ragin

Lia
Aoi Tada
Kaori Omura

Jia Ruhan

Dulce Pontes

Maurice Williams

Anonymous 4
Solo: Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek

Frederica von Stade

Cait McWhir

Sussan Deyhim

Roopa Mahadevan
Misha Chowdhury

Jerome Kavanagh

Download Booklet Part I: Day
Baba Yetu
Mado Kara Mieru
Dao Zai Fan Ye
Se É Pra Vir Que Venha
Rassemblons-Nous
Part II: Night
Lux Aeterna
Caoineadh
Hymn do Trójcy Świętej
Part III: Dawn
Hayom Kadosh
Hamsáfár
Sukla-Krsne
Kia Hora Te Marino

God of Love

Renaissance poetry reinvented as trip-hop.

Stereo Alchemy is Christopher Tin's electronic collaboration with producer Kametron. Their debut album is God of Love--a collection of 10 songs based on Renaissance and Romantic era poetry, by writers such as Christina Rossetti, John Donne, and Lord Byron. They describe their signature sound as 'decadent electronica'--a blend of trip hop, post punk, and synth pop.

The album features guest vocals by singers Melissa R. Kaplan (of Universal Hall Pass and Splashdown), Mozez (of Zero 7), and Lia Rose (of Built for the Sea). The album was mixed by three-time Grammy-winning engineer Darrell Thorp (who mixes for Radiohead, Beck, and Paul McCartney) and mastered by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson).

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