We're now the highest funded classical music Kickstarter EVER! Thank you for your support! - CT
'To Shiver the Sky' is my third album, and is a musical exploration of mankind's conquest of the sky. From Leonardo da Vinci to Jules Verne, I'll be setting to music the words of the great scientists, stargazers, and storytellers who dared to look at the heavens and imagine their place among the stars.
Like with my first album 'Calling All Dawns' and its title track 'Baba Yetu' (the first piece of video game music to win a Grammy) I'll be basing this album on a piece I wrote for the 'Civilization' game franchise: "Sogno di Volare", the theme to Civilization VI. It's a triumphant ode to mankind's aspirations; a choral anthem that uses Da Vinci's writings on flight as a reminder that we, as humans, are capable of achieving great things.
The album will be recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios with my longtime collaborators, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It will feature an international roster of singers and soloists, performing in a multitude of languages.
And like my first two albums, 'To Shiver the Sky' continues my exploration of the world around us. 'Calling All Dawns' took us on a journey from day to dawn; 'The Drop That Contained the Sea' traced a single drop of water as it cycled from sky to stream to sea. This time I'll be taking our shared hopes, dreams, and fears, and launching them skywards. I invite you to join me on the journey.
- $80,000: a bonus new recording of “Song of the Mountain”, my theme for Civilization Online which never got released.
- $100,000: a recording of “Njooni Waaminifu”, a Christmas piece in Swahili with a ‘Baba Yetu’ vibe.
- $120,000: a song featuring Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo.
- $140,000: a piece in Welsh called "Adain Can", which was premiered on TV when I was a judge on the Welsh TV show 'Cor Cymru'.
- $160,000: a piece called "Silver Wing", from a poem by Emily Dickinson, originally premiered at the Forbidden City in Beijing.
- $180,000: TBD new piece... (possibly in English or Korean)
- $200,000: at long last... vinyl for 'To Shiver the Sky'!
- $220,000: vinyl for 'Calling All Dawns' AND 'The Drop That Contained the Sea'!
- $250,000: surround editions for all three albums!
About the Composer
Christopher Tin is a two-time Grammy-winning composer of concert, film, and video game music. Time Magazine calls his music 'rousing, anthemic' while The Guardian calls it 'joyful' and 'an intelligent meeting of melody and theme'.
His debut album 'Calling All Dawns' won two Grammys, while his follow up album 'The Drop That Contained the Sea' was premiered at Carnegie Hall and topped the Billboard classical charts at #1. His choral piece 'Baba Yetu' is a crossover choral hit, and has been performed at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the United Nations.
First class orchestral and choral albums are incredibly expensive to make: each of my previous two albums cost well over $200,000! Despite this, we're setting our Kickstarter goal at a modest $50,000. If we exceed that goal, we'll announce some additional music as stretch goals.
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Risks and challenges
I've successfully produced two full orchestral albums in the past (Calling All Dawns, The Drop That Contained The Sea), so I possess a full understanding of what it takes to develop this kind of project from scratch to completion. One way or the other, this album will be made. However, this time you get to be part of the entire journey. The goal will be to write the album in 2018 and record in 2019, and we'll send you updates and preview audio the whole way. And if unforeseen circumstances mean that we have to delay the release date, we'll find a way to make it up to you by giving you bonus music from all of Christopher's other varied projects (and there are many).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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