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Arts & Entertainment - December 18, 2009

'A compositional nomad'

Composer traverses the landscapes of video-game, classical and film music

by Be'eri Moalem

Composer Christopher Tin's biggest hit (so far) has been "Baba Yetu," a setting of the Lord's Prayer in Swahili.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 27, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Christopher Tin is a Paly grad, Stanford grad, Fulbright Scholar and contributor to the soundtrack of a phenomenally popular video game soundtrack. His music "Baba Yetu" is also part of a soundtrack to the Dubai Fountain (in Dubai): maybe we could ask or commission him to create a score for the renovated Lytton Plaza, which features both a fountain and a piece of public art, "Digital DNA" by Varella and Maltz. As it stands, the dudes from the pizza parlor are in charge of the piped-in-music which is a cross between Muzak and "psy ops". I would probably prefer live music or silence / ambient noise to piped-in-music, but maybe we can split the difference and at least have the thing programmed by an actual artist and composer (and not, say, real estate developers and pizza parlor managers).

There is probably a better venue for celebrating our local-bred artists and composers than what I have suggested above, but I bring up the topic of Lytton Plaza here because it has been a popular topic recently. Other Palo Alto composers I would ideally bring back include Alex Wong, The Donnas, Tommy Jordan, Steve Jenkins, Dan Adams, Stanley Jordan, Caroline Campbell, Karen and Heather Bentley, and Carolyn Arnold.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 5, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Congrats to Christopher for his 2011 Grammy nomination for "Baba Yetu"!!!

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