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The Esoterics' first 'virtual choir' video, featuring 64 singers from Seattle and around the world, performing verses on light and compassion by Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama. This piece was composed by The Esoterics' founding director, Eric Banks in 2016. This video was produced by Michael Saunders and Kylie Della, and premiered on 27 Apr 2020.
Commissioned by The Virtual Choir Consortium and a project of the Firebird Arts Alliance, this 32-part piece for 'virtual choir' was sung by Ensemble Diaspora, under the auspices of The Esoterics. Composed by Eric Banks, this piece employs texts by four African-American writers: Dorothy West, John Lewis, James Baldwin, and Frederick Douglass. This video was directed, edited, and produced by the composer. It premiered on on 25 Aug 2020.
The Esoterics' second 'virtual choir' video features an a cappella version of the "nu disco" hit by Dua Lipa, Caroline Ailin, Emily Warren, and Ian Kirkpatrick. The choral arrangement of this song was created by Eric Banks, and the audio/video editing were also done by Eric Banks. This video, starring 36 of The Esoterics' "poppiest" singers, premiered on 27 Sep 2020.