Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Tin’

The Drop that Contained the Sea

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Christopher Tin has a new album out and it is awesome! Not only is it awesome but it’s currently the number 1 Classical Album according to Billboard Magazine! There isn’t any taiko on this album but I did record some frame drum, udu and throat singing that made it onto the album. I’ll also be performing with the Angel City Chorale for the West Coast Premiere of ‘The Drop that Contained the Sea’ on June 7th and 8th. More info at the Angel City Chorale’s website.

Shoji Kameda is a Grammy nominated musician, composer and producer and a leading creative force in the taiko world. He can be reached at: shoji(at)

Stereo Alchemy debut album ‘God of Love’

Friday, January 27th, 2012

God of Love Cover Art

Here at On Ensemble each of us has several musical projects we are involved with. Kris and Maz both perform with Taikoproject, Kelvin performs with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and I perform with Hiroshima and have always been into producing electronic music. Two years ago I formed an electronic music duo with longtime friend and two time Grammy winning composer Christopher Tin called Stereo Alchemy. I’m excited to announce our debut album God of Love will be released this Valentine’s Day and is on pre-sale now! We are calling our sound ‘decadent electronica’ a seductive mix of trip-hop, post punk and synth pop that will appeal to fans of Massive Attack, Portishead, The Postal Service, M83 and Nine Inch Nails.

God of Love is a concept album that sets Renaissance and Romantic era poetry to beat driven tracks and epic soundscapes. It features 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 (Radiohead, Beck, and Paul McCartney) and mastered by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson).

For a preview of the album and a free download of the title track ‘God of Love’ visit:

Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns” wins two Grammys!

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

This is super exciting news!  Our good friend Christopher Tin just won two Grammys one for Best Instrumental Accompanying Vocalists and Best Classical Crossover Album.  Kris, Maz and I recorded taiko and percussion parts for this album and I did some electronic music production as well.  There were over 100 artist involved in the making of this album all brought together by Chris’ vision and amazing compositions.  Congratulations Chris!

Christopher Tin’s ‘Calling All Dawns’ nominated for two GRAMMY awards

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

This is very exciting news! Our good friend Christopher Tin’s album “Calling all Dawns” has just been nominated for two GRAMMY awards! One for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompaning Vocalist” for his song “Baba Yetu” and another for “Best Classical Crossover Album”.  On Ensemble recorded taiko and percussion parts on the album for the song “Mado Kara Mieru” and I did some electronic beats for the song “Rassemblons-Nous”.  Chris’ nomination for the song “Baba Yetu” also marks the first time a song that was written for a video game has received a Grammy nomination.

Last year I was fortunate enough to get a Grammy nomination with Hiroshima for the album “Legacy” and I only have one of bit advice for Chris:  this is going to sound silly but bring food!  I spent most of my first grammy experience hungry and jealous of Dan and June’s banh mi sandwich that they snuck in.

Calling all Dawns

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I’ve been waiting for this for a while, Christopher Tin’s debut album Callings all Dawns is now on presale!  The album’s official release date is Oct 1st and those who order now will receive an autographed hard copy and a complimentary digital download of the full album.

Calling All Dawns was recorded at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Performers on the album include the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, Grammy-nominated opera singer Frederica von Stade, Portuguese fado sensation Dulce Pontes, early-music quartet Anonymous 4, and Iranian singer Sussan Deyhim among many others.  Calling all Dawns was recorded and mixed by three-time Grammy-winning engineer John Kurlander.

Calling All Dawns consists of twelve songs in twelve different languages and opens with “Baba Yetu” the theme song for Civilization IV that won Chris the 2007 GANG Awards for Best Original Vocal Song and Rookie of the Year. Kris, Maz and I recorded taiko and percussion parts for the Japanese song “Mado Kara Mieru” and I programmed an electronic drum machine track for the French song “Rassemblons-Nous”.

I’ve had a chance to hear this album at different points of its’ development and it’s fantastic.  Chris’ talent for great melodies and orchestration and his ability to weave influences from around the world into his work really set him apart.  This album is a powerful artistic statement from a great composer with a unique point of view and full of great performances, what more could you want?

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