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.
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. Sung in twelve languages, it carries a strong message of unity: that regardless of race, culture and religious belief, we are all connected through our common human experience.
Calling All Dawns has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, Cadogan Hall, and in many other venues around the world. The opening movement, ‘Baba Yetu’ has become a modern choral standard; it's been performed everywhere from the UN General Assembly Hall, to the signing of a historic peace treaty in Mozambique. It's been licensed by everyone from Premier League Football to The Vatican. And it was even the answer to a question on Jeopardy.
Calling All Dawns won two awards at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2011: Best Classical Crossover Album, and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for 'Baba Yetu'. The latter win was historic: it was subsequently honored by the Guinness Book of World Records as the first time a piece of music from a video game won a Grammy Award.