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Ru'ia - Sacred visions inspired by Islam

Song NameComposer
Priere (Prayer) (1954)Ton de Leeuw
Kader kic (The night of destiny) (2005)Bern Herbolsheimer
Mombasa matatu meditation (2005)Hussein Janmohamed
I. The names of God - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007)Eric Banks
II. The messengers of blessing - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007)Eric Banks
III. The book of light - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007)Eric Banks
IV. The waves of darkness - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007)Eric Banks
V. The miracles of creation - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007)Eric Banks
VI. The balance of the soul - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007)Eric Banks
VII. The day of reckoning - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007)Eric Banks
VIII. The torment of Hell - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007)Eric Banks
IX. The rivers of paradise - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007)Eric Banks
X. The star of justice - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007)Eric Banks
XI. The injustice of aggression - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007)Eric Banks
XII. The paths of peace - Twelve Qur'anic visions (2005-2007)Eric Banks

Directed by Eric Banks

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 kic (The night of destiny) - a setting of verses by Tatar poet Gabdulla Tukai about the holiest night in Ramadan; and the Islamic-inspired Priere 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.

Item code: 6011C | 1 CD | $15.95 add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | United States

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