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Album: "Baba Yetu" (iTunes>)
Artist: Christopher Tin
Won for: Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Previous wins: None
Did you know?: "Baba Yetu" is featured on Tin's 2009 album Calling All Dawns, a collection of singing poems and prayers in 12 different languages including Swahili, Mandarin, Hebrew, Irish, and Farsi. Originally written for the video game "Civilization IV," the track's lyrics are a Swahili version of the Lord's Prayer. Calling All Dawns also picked up a GRAMMY for Best Classical Crossover Album. Featuring more than 200 instrumentalists and vocalists, the album is a song cycle designed in three movements: day, night and dawn. Tin received his undergraduate education at Stanford University and University of Oxford, studying music composition, conducting and English literature. After earning a Fulbright Scholarship, he attended the Royal College of Music in London. Tin worked as an intern for GRAMMY-winning composer Hans Zimmer and was mentored by GRAMMY-nominated composer Joel McNeely. He has composed music for Apple's GarageBand software as well as commercials (Puma, the Gap) and movies (X2 and Lilo & Stitch 2).
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