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RU'IA

by The Esoterics

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.
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
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1. Prière
7:24 album only
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2. Kader Kiç
10:26 album only
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3. Mombasa Matatu Meditation
5:19 album only
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4. The Names of God
2:28 album only
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5. The Messengers of Blessing
3:44 album only
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6. The Book of Light
4:40 album only
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7. The Waves of Darkness
4:03 album only
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8. The Miracles of Creation
5:16 album only
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9. The Balance of the Soul
4:06 album only
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10. The Day of Reckoning
1:33 album only
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11. The Torment of Hell
5:06 album only
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12. The Rivers of Paradise
3:56 album only
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13. The Star of Justice
3:57 album only
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14. The Injustice of Aggression
2:30 album only
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15. The Paths of Peace
5:32 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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.

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