Sacred visions inspired by Islam
The Esoterics proudly presents RU’IA, its ninth CD recording. Titled with an Arabic word meaning “dreams” or “visions,” this is the first American choral CD inspired entirely by Islamic scripture and poetry.
The repertoire includes: Mombasa matatu meditation by Vancouver composer Hussein Janmohamed – a choral cityscape wherein Muslim chant emerges from the morning din of urban Kenya; Bern Herbolsheimer’s Kader kiç [The night of destiny] – a setting of verses by Tatar poet Gabdulla Tukai about the holiest night in Ramadan; and the Islamic-inspired Prière by Dutch composer Ton de Leeuw.
The centerpiece of this recording is a 50-minute a cappella choral dreamscape by The Esoterics’ founder Eric Banks entitled Twelve Qur’anic visions. In addition to studying the Qur’an, Banks researched this piece during his extensive travel to India and Indonesia over the course of two years. The resulting work unveils the essence of Muslim faith, including visions of the creation, the beauty of nature, the wisdom of the prophets, the afterlife in Hell and Paradise, the injustice of aggression, and the path to peace. Banks was strongly motivated to write and record this piece to initiate listeners in the West to one of the most prevalent yet misunderstood religions in the world.
The Esoterics invites you to experience the music of RU’IA and the fresh perspectives it brings to choral music and the ancient religion of Islam.
|1||Prière (1954)||Ton de Leeuw|
|2||Kader kiç (2005)||Bern Herbolsheimer|
|3||Mombasa matatu meditation (2005)||Hussein Janmohamed|
|Twelve Qur’anic visions (2005)||Eric Banks|
|4||The names of God|
|5||The messengers of blessing|
|6||The book of light|
|7||The waves of darkness|
|8||The miracles of creation|
|9||The balance of the soul|
|10||The day of reckoning|
|11||The torment of hell|
|12||The rivers of paradise|
|13||The star of justice|
|14||The injustice of aggression|
|15||The paths of peace|