The Esoterics

Combining ancient texts, new music, and innovative technology

Doing their best to counteract classical music’s Eurocentrism, a cappella choir The Esoterics have offered over 14 seasons pieces sung in a global feast of languages (including, thanks to the enthusiasm and research of scholar/director Eric Banks, Finnish, Hungarian, and Tatar) and much sacred music based on world religions. Tonight’s concert is devoted to settings of Islamic scripture and poetry, including Banks’ own Twelve Qur’anic Visions and works by Seattle composer Bern Herbolsheimer and others. In addition to the usual church venues (one Lutheran, one Episcopal, one Catholic), they’ll perform this concert in the airy, soaring—and nondenominational—Pavilion at the Olympic Sculpture Park. And, for the first time at an Esoterics concert, or at any choral concert, as far as I can recall, choir member Phil Edry is preparing English supertitles for the performances, to reveal with maximum immediacy the ancient wisdom of these writings. Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion, 2901 Western Ave., 8 p.m. tonight; Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4139 42nd Ave. S.W., 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21.

Sun., Oct. 14, 3 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 21, 3 p.m., 2007

 
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