My collaboration with Australian DJ tyDi is here! Here's the first single, 'Closing In', featuring Dia Frampton on vocals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxQJnH0VQMY
A little teaser of my upcoming album collaboration with Australian DJ TyDi! EDM-meets-orchestra! Debut single featuring Dia Frampton coming Oct. 6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ys4kpMZxBs&feature=youtu.be
This is at once one of my favorite topics, and yet also one of the things that has flummoxed me most in recent years as I've gotten in front of more and more British orchestras live in concert. I've found that the more an orchestra is used to playing as a unit, the more they're apt to play behind my beat--whereas pickup orchestras tend to play more on it. I've also noticed that the British orchestras seem to play further behind than American orchestras. It's an unsettling phenomenon, especially since half my conducting takes place in the studio, with click tracks, where everyone plays on the beat! But the best bit of advice I ever got was from the concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra... he told me they play by listening to each other. They don't need a conductor to beat time for them. They play by reacting to each other. Ever since I got that advice last year, it's changed how I think about conducting.
My next cross-genre collaboration is launching soon! For the last 9 months I've been working with Australian DJ Tyson 'tyDi' Illingworth on an album fusing together orchestral arrangements with electronic dance music. The album is called 'Collide', and the first single 'Closing In' launches Oct. 6th, featuring vocals by Dia Frampton. While my main love is and always will be orchestral and choral music, I do LOVE me a good genre smashing. Smash smash smash! Get out of my way, purists. I'm here to smash. >:]
I'm an Honorary President of the newly launched International Choral Festival Wales, alongside Karl Jenkins, Paul Mealor and Elin Manahan Thomas! Very excited to grow my roots deeper in a country where singing is so beloved. If your choir wants to compete for the Karl Jenkins Trophy in the inaugural year of the festival, check out the website below! http://www.asiw.co.uk/news/new-choral-festival-launched-former-llangollen-music-director
Holy moly... I need to know more about this. Look at the size of that choir. I think this might be the largest ever performance of Baba Yetu! Anyone here know anyone connected with this performance? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBmcZU3dKN4
I really, really wish people would tell me more when they're performing my music. Instead I have to stumble across random videos on YouTube. It's astonishing what's out there. This screenshot alone, I'm seeing performances in the Czech Republic (x2), Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, a couple Canadian choirs, a Serbian choir singing at the United Nations, as well as ludicrously huge performance in Hamburg, Germany. Usually the big versions dominate the search results (my own, Peter Hollens, Alex Boye and the BYU men, etc.), but it's great to see the lesser viewed ones as well. I wish choirs would tell me about these! I'd stop in and say hi in the comments more.
I would like to point out that it is perfectly easy to take a picture with Taylor Swift and NOT grab her butt. #taylorswift #taylorswifttrial EDIT: for those not aware of the awesome thing she's doing right now: https://www.buzzfeed.com/lyapalater/taylor-swifts-quotes-from-her-trial?utm_term=.uez4wkOW2#.cckxlOro5
EDIT: this is super cool, everyone. I'm so grateful to hear from people from all around the world! I've traveled a lot, but clearly there a lot of places I still need to visit. Thanks for saying hi! Some interesting data, courtesy of Spotify. The top ten cities that listen to my music are: 1. Stockholm 2. Oslo 3. Berlin 4. New York City 5. Chicago 6. Paris 7. London 8. Goteborg 9. Singapore 10. Los Angeles Where are you from?
Hey, these guys are pretty good! The Geneva International Christian Choir and Orchestra. My French is a little rusty, but I think they're a volunteer ensemble, and I think they do one concert a year (a Christmas concert by the looks of that tree). Well done! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlmMD1OanXI
I've finally put the finishing touches on my newly revamped webpage. Check it out! Lots of resources for sheet music rental and purchase, as well as live concert info, an extensive press archive, and case studies of my various scoring gigs. https://christophertin.com
A year ago today, I was at Cadogan Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Angel City Chorale, Prima Vocal Ensemble and LUCIS conducting 'The Drop That Contained the Sea'. It was also the night when we premiered Sogno di Volare (my new theme to Sid Meier’s Civilization VI), and 2KGAMES sent out a camera crew to capture the whole evening. I'm happy to report that 2K Games gave me permission to use their footage, so I'm currently in the process of editing and mixing the footage, and will be posting it online for free as soon as it's done! Here's a taste: the finale from 'Waloyo Yamoni'. If I look exhausted at the end of the clip, it's because I was. Sure, it's physically exhausting waving your arms around for a couple hours; but there's a hidden side to conducting that I discovered on this tour. The ups and downs of adrenaline are punishing, especially if you immerse yourself in the music emotionally as you're performing it. I barely knew where I was by the end of the concert.
Here's another clip from the #llangollen Calling All Dawns concert--the whaikorero finale to "Kia Hora Te Marino". FUN TRIVIA! Our first and second choice Maori performers had to cancel at the last minute, and so we had to scramble to find a replacement. By luck we found these two guys--Lewis Whaitiri and David Jones--cousins who happened to be on vacation traveling through Wales! We told them about the concert and they said, sure, that sounds like fun. :) And they BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN!!! Watch the full concert here (and if it doesn't load at first, try a different browser): http://www.s4c.cymru/clic/e_level2.shtml?programme_id=562928829
Someone got a tattoo of Sogno di Volare!!!! :D https://twitter.com/sissi883/status/881518595230109697
Here's a video of the raucous encore of Baba Yetu we did at #Llangollen. Rondo Media did an amazing job shooting this! Watch the full concert here: http://www.s4c.cymru/clic/e_level2.shtml?programme_id=562928829
The broadcast of my Calling All Dawns concert is now online! :D Also conducting music by Jessica Curry and Jeremy Soule. With the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Elin Manahan Thomas, Joel Virgel-Vierset, Nathalie, Nominjin Singer, Shanul, Lewis Whaitiri and David Jones, and featuring the Celebration Chorus, Ching-Yun Chorus, KZN Youth Chorus, Capital Girls Choir and Aeolians. http://www.s4c.cymru/clic/e_level2.shtml?programme_id=562928829 http://www.s4c.cymru/clic/e_level2.shtml?programme_id=562928829