‘Blue Pearl : a One World Oratorio’ is the first ever Integral Oratorio.
Blue Pearl (formerly titled Unitas Multiplex) is a sacred work for choir, soloists and orchestra, a choral work like nothing that has gone before. It is a sacred choral work for the 21st century, expressing an spirituality – an Integral spirituality – which is accessible to people of any faith or none; a spirituality which embraces the best of the ancient spiritual traditions and modern science and psychology; a spirituality which transcends, but also embraces all of human life, including sexuality. A spiritual vision for a humanity as a whole, a one earth spirituality.
Steve started work on it in October 2013. He finished it in April 2019. He is now working towards a world premiere in London in May 2022. More news about this will follow soon.
You can listen to a demo recording of the whole piece, and read the lyrics, and notes about it – click here. If you do listen to it, please email Steve with any feedback (steve ‘at’ stevebanks.info).
Ken Wilber has listened to this demo recording, and said this about the oratorio:
“Steve Banks’s ‘Blue Pearl Oratorio’ is a wonderful, exciting musical composition created as a manifestation of his Integral understanding. It’s a superb, exhilarating, magical piece of music that takes one through any number of different experiential realities, a manifestation of Steve’s own wider and deeper awareness. Sit back and enjoy a rich trip through these effervescent realities in your own case, highly recommended.” Ken Wilber, The Integral Vision
Here is a 3 minute video of Steve introducing the oratorio to participants at the Integral Europe Conference, May 2018. Updates since the video was recorded: the world premiere is planned for May 2022. And you can now listen to the entire piece on this website.
Blue Pearl : a One World Oratorio follows the line of sacred music for choir, soloists and orchestra, from Spem in Alium, by Thomas Tallis, to Handel’s Messiah, and all the ‘Requiem’s – Fauré, Mozart, Verdi, Karl Jenkins, and so on… But it is completely new. It breaks entirely new ground. Because it is Integral. The oratorio expresses ‘Integral’ forms, including Integral spirituality, the transcendent unity of religions, human beings as evolution-in-action, holarchy, the spectrum of consciousness, the fundamental unity of humanity, and of humanity with the earth, and with the Kosmos. And it draws the listener in to profound experiences – both individually and collectively – of our deepest nature, as Spirit, eternally now, and as evolution-in-action. The oratorio inspires us to be all we can be as human beings; to open our hearts to the inevitable pain of a human life, and to experience the joy that comes when we awaken from the confounding illusion of separateness. We are unique, wonderfully diverse, beings. And we are one…
“A remarkable achievement. In this work, Steve isn’t simply describing or illustrating an idea but reaching out (and in) to evoke and bring to life these ideas, points of view and states of mind. Ambitious it certainly is, but offered with remarkable sincerity, depth of personal knowledge and experience – all or which permeate the writing of this extraordinary work most compellingly. The music is, by turns, witty, moving, exciting, and transporting.” – Julian Marshall, composer. ARCM, FHEA
World Premiere : Invitation for Support
If you are excited about this pioneering Integral music, and would like to play a part in a little piece of history, by supporting Steve in seeing Blue Pearl through to its World Premiere, please email Steve (firstname.lastname@example.org), and he will keep you posted on ways you can be involved (from the small – simply saying you support the project, or offering a small donation is a big help – to the more substantial – becoming a Patron of the World Premiere, or a partner organisation). Click here for more about support and funding.
“Blue Pearl is a wonderfully creative new piece that integrates diverse influences to shape a musical, reflective journey that is consoling, challenging, witty, tuneful and inspiring. The piece beautifully enacts the profound, contemporary and perennial philosophy that underlies it, opening up an experience of enlightening, transformative potential. I warmly recommend it as an innovative artistic contribution to the emerging spirituality of our times.” – Chris Cullen, Mindfulness trainer and teacher, Oxford Mindfulness Centre; teacher of Insight Meditation
Listen to Blue Pearl, and read more about it
If you would like to listen to the demo recording of the whole oratorio please follow this link.