FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 1, 2020
CONTACT: Charles Hawkings, October Project / [email protected]
October 1, 2020: Featuring 163 singers, dancers, drummers and performers from 23 countries, 90s pop band and present day creative collaborative October Project will premiere their Virtual Choir of Joy video on YouTube on Friday, October 30th as part of an initiative to spread joy through music. “Joy (The Virtual Choir Version)” is also now available for pre-order on I-Tunes as the first single from a new choral recording of The Book of Rounds: 21 Songs of Grace, the first full-length choral work from Award-winning lyricist and composer Julie Flanders and Emil Adler.
Flanders, Adler and October Project vocalist/co-producer Marina Belica turned to the idea of a virtual choir when singing (not to mention breathing) became dangerous due to COVID. Inspired by how cities around the world came together each night to raise their voices to sing and cheer out of their windows for healthcare workers, and moved by the subsequent explosions of grief and turmoil across the country, the group decided to offer Joy as an antidote to so much pain in a troubled world.
Bridging the worlds of pop, classical and choral music, Joy is featured in The Book of Rounds, a rapturous song cycle of 21 musical rounds, each a fugue of positive messages. Virtual Choir conductor Ryan Heller, Artistic Director of Chorus Austin, says “October Project has captured something that the world needs right now with The Book of Rounds. Each of the 21 rounds combines to form a composite whole that resonates with what it means to be human.” Heller also conducts a new choral recording of the entire piece performed by Chorus Austin, produced by Emil Adler with Julie Flanders and Marina Belica of October Project, and arranged by Keiji Ishiguri.
About October Project
Award-winning writer Julie Flanders (recipient of the 2020 Genesis Prize from the American Choral Directors Association), Emmy-award winning composer/producer Emil Adler, and transcendent vocalist Marina Belica of October Project are internationally acclaimed recording artists and producers who collaborate in the creation of musical recordings and events.
In addition to The Book of Rounds, they are soon to release The Ghost of Childhood, a full length album for our times. Their earlier work with SONY/Epic followed by a succession of highly acclaimed independent recordings garnered millions of listeners across the world. They continue to innovate the landscape of Independent music.