The Book of Rounds – simply lovely!
A gorgeous musical journey.
Hauntingly beautiful melodies that match the text magnificently.
Unforgettable journey for any program. I couldn’t recommend the rounds more highly.
Superb musicality, top-flight artistry.
With all the versions I have worked on, the rounds speak…powerfully in every iteration – through large choirs, small ensembles, even with just one singer. The emotions explored and expressed are at once personal and universal.
—Ed Boyer, Award-winning mixing engineer (Pitch Perfect, Glee, The Sing-Off, Pentatonix, The Book of Rounds)
Julie Flanders’ work has been speaking to my heart for many years, often offering me the perfect phrase that makes me feel seen and understood. She knows the language of music and the music of language equally well. Treat yourself to her artistry!
—Martha Beck, best-selling author (Finding Your Own North Star), life coach and Oprah Magazine columnist
The Book of Rounds creates a journey of release and surrender through the challenges of life. [It} takes us through time and loss, and helps us to connect to the joy that can be there underneath it all.
—Tami Simon, Founder & Publisher of Sounds True
I am a choral singer, and have been my whole life. I have always longed for chants in English that express my spiritual understanding and longing. So, I've been waiting for your cd! It is beautiful in all ways—the rounds themselves, the lyrics, the instrumentation, and the voices. I know I will listen to it over and over.
—Elizabeth Lesser, Co-Founder of The Omega Institute, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, and The Seeker’s Guide
An uplifting collection of rounds that stirs the soul and enchants the mind with their beauty and meaning.
—Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, www.spiritualityandpractice.com
Melodic and meditative…a calming influence to any listener.
—Russ Elliot, musicaldiscoveries.com
I am in love with Julie Flanders poetry and lyrics – infinitely deep words that spring directly from the soul of the universe.
—August Gold, author of The Prayer Chest and Multiply Your Blessings
It’s Soul Medicine. Each and every round is a portal, as is the entire experience.
—John Campbell, Teacher of Meditation and Consciousness
Intriguing, entrancing, mesmerizing, blissful, oddly exhilarating and quieting simultaneously, meditative and downright transcendental…these are the words that came to mind on the first listing of The Book of Rounds by October Project…and on the second listening…and the third, and…As promised, “a kaleidoscopic effect of meaning and beauty” is delivered by these very talented, imaginative, and most of all, innovative musicians. Marina Belica, Julie Flanders and Emil Adler have the unique combination of musicianship to take you to a different place…in your own mind.
—John Marchesella, Professional Astrologer & Chair of the National Council for Geocosmic Research
The Book of Rounds offers a brief and welcome respite to a world inundated with noise, clutter and static. With thoughtfully written lyrics and melodically enchanting music, the album summons youthful rhythms and solemn meditations.
—Cormac Bluestone, Composer and Arranger
Experiencing The Book of Rounds live is like being bathed in love and light.
—Carla McElhaney, Host of Night Music, KMFA
The Book of Rounds should be required listening in every car! I've never had a more peaceful drive.
—Bruce Swan, DJ, WPKN, Bridgeport, CT
At a time when the world needs more love and compassion than ever, The Book of Rounds evokes these qualities in both the performers and listeners, leaving us feeling uplifted, strengthened, and more in touch with the positive parts of ourselves, as well as hopeful for humanity's future.
—Dr. James John, Artistic Director of Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, Prof. of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College
The beautiful lyrics of Julie Flanders and the haunting, flowing music of Emil Adler have come together in the form of The Book of Rounds. The songs are grouped in 3 books of 7 each - the first and second books arranged for a capella chorus, the rounds of the third book (which include piano accompaniment) contained within songs that evoke the emotionally charged tracks of OP's Epic albums: fans of those albums will rejoice in the joy and energy of these rounds.
These rounds are uplifting and reflective which professional and amateur singers of all ages will adore singing. I can only hope that Ms. Flanders and Mr. Adler will continue to add more books to these stellar collections.
—Peter Bay, Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra
Beautiful work. In one recording, The Book of Rounds has significantly increased the repertoire of performance-worthy musical rounds for choirs at many levels. The text is gentle and kind, which is a much-needed offering in today's world, and the rounds offer excellent and accessible programming choices that feel joyful and reverent.
—Jim Papoulis, composer, conductor, founder of The Foundation for Small Voices
The music is deeply beautiful. It’s like a pure hypnotic induction. It lifts your soul and transforms your spirit with its healing message of love, beauty and grace.
—Doug O’Brien Master Practitioner and Trainer NLP, Ericksonian Hypnotherapist
The Book of Rounds is a journey into a magical realm of inner healing…The lyrics and rounds are a powerfully hypnotic arrangement that will transform your inner world so that you can transform your outer world.
—Jess Marion, Master Hypnotist, Trainer, Coach and Author
The Book of Rounds has grandeur, exuberance and… a lush majesty.
—Christopher Arnott, Yale Alumni Magazine
In The Book of Rounds, we’re treated to twenty-one delightful, sensitive pieces that blissfully break the mold in our contemporary a cappella scene, interweaving new and old to create a refreshing offering of ethereal music.
—Kimberly Sailor, The Recorded A Cappella Review Board
Ms. Flanders, Ms. Belica and Mr. Adler have created a beautiful collection of songs that incorporate meaning, singability and a sense of completeness. They are tuneful, sophisticated, deep, revelatory and just plain fun. A couple of them will be sung at the bedsides of people who are dying with the work of the Threshold Choir. Bravo!
—Kate Munger, founder of The Threshold Choir