With a mission to harmonize the world through music, October Project’s 2023 Silver Telly Award winning “Angels in the Garden” features their collaboration with Kseniya Simonova, a globally-renowned sand artist and winner of Ukraine's Got Talent, conveying the power of love to heal us and transform the grief and loss of war. In tandem with the song's debut, the band has launched ANGELS FOR UKRAINE, a fundraiser to support the International Rescue Committee's "Crisis in Ukraine” Emergency Fund to help families, mothers, and children displaced as a result of the conflict there.

October Project members Emil Adler, Julie Flanders, and Marina Belica view their latest work as a way to reach across borders and provide solace for a wounded world. Amazed by Kseniya’s work, they sought her out after the Ukraine invasion to interpret the song as a visual narrative, with a mind to raise awareness and support for Ukrainian families experiencing extreme wartime hardships.

“Over the years we’ve had listeners express the power of our music in their lives, especially in times of transition and hardship. The notion of music being a healing force is always there for us, says Flanders. Humanitarian work is a natural aspect of that. The daily news of the horror and homelessness we see Ukrainians experience is unimaginable.”

Belica adds, “While we hope that what we have created will uplift people, we wanted to do something more to support Ukrainian women, children, and families. As winter sets in and temperatures fall well below zero, the IRC is scaling up its efforts in Ukraine and its neighboring areas, distributing essential seasonal items such as blankets, sleeping bags, and heaters to cover the most basic needs of displaced families.”

“Angels in the Garden” and the associated ANGELS FOR UKRAINE IRC fundraiser are the most recent expressions of October Project’s humanitarian efforts.

“At a time of year when angels are symbols of hope and peace, we want this song and our position as recognized artists to serve as angels, returning light and comfort to those less fortunate than we are,” says Flanders.

“I’m so honored and thankful to be able to add my work to this beautiful song. I hope it will transport listeners to a peaceful place” says Kseniya Simonova.


The Book of Rounds is not only an exquisitely rhapsodic cycle of musical rounds, it is also a transformative journey of consciousness—with lyrics that offer a new vocabulary of mantra—in English.

Conceived by Julie Flanders, with lyrics by Flanders and music by Emil Adler, each round is a fugue of positive messages created to invoke a feeling of well-being in those that listen to, sing or speak them. The music lifts the words beyond their ordinary meanings into an enveloping and transformative experience that is poetic and universal.


A round is a melody that harmonizes itself as it repeats, with voices entering at measured intervals, and cascading over each other to create a kaleidoscopic effect of meaning and beauty. Through the repetition that defines it, a round can have a profound contemplative effect.

The Book of Rounds offers many programming and sequencing possibilities to create a dramatic and a meditative arc that will move the listener through what is ultimately a relaxing, energizing and integrated experience.


Using simple, prayer-like language, the rounds are essentially positive mantras that cascade, circle and relate in the same way the melodies do. With every repetition, each lyric begins to acquire different shades of meaning, shifting the mind and the heart of the listener. 

Julie Flanders, whose deeply influential work in the expressive arts is complemented by her profound work as a healer and spiritual teacher, describes this as one of her most personal projects. The Book of Rounds was originally written for her son—as an embrace of protection and comfort during difficult times. 


Produced by Emil Adler and internationally acclaimed recording artist October Project, The Book of Rounds – Choral Edition is performed by Chorus Austin and conducted by Ryan Heller (Artistic Director). Using an innovative approach, Adler added elements of ‘close-up’ pop recording to the more traditional methods of recording a choir in the ‘live’ sound environment of a church. The result is a more intimate, immersive experience for the listener that bridges the worlds of pop and classical music.

Vocal arrangements by Keiji Ishiguri were re-arranged by Heller for large chorus, with vocal supervision by Marina Belica. Grammy winners Ed Boyer, mixing engineer, and Bill Hare, mastering engineer, who specialize in vocal recording and have worked together on Pentatonix and Pitch Perfect among many others, add the finishing touch.

As a bonus, the duet “Eden” is reprised by acclaimed soprano Mela Dailey (Conspirare) and baritone Jonathan Christopher (lead in the National Tour of Hamilton).

October Project
Angels in the Garden

Words & Music by Julie Flanders & Emil Adler

Produced by Emil Adler & Julian Coryell

Lead Vocals - Marina Belica

Co-Vocals and Spoken Word - Julie Flanders

Piano, keyboards and vocals - Emil Adler

Guitars - bass, electric, acoustic - Julian Coryell

Drums - Mark Schulman

Chorus - Colleen Clancy, Jamie Serkin, Peter Lam, Ian Janer, Keiji Ishiguri

Choral Arrangement - Keiji Ishiguri

The Ghost String Quartet

The Venice Brass Ensemble

String & Brass Arrangements - Emil Adler & Julian Coryell

Recording Engineer (Basic Tracks) - Erich Gobel, West Triad Studios

Recording Engineer (Vocals) - Emil Adler, Tritone Productions

Recording Engineer (Choral)- Randy Crafton, Kaleidoscope Sound

Mixed by Erich Gobel

Mastered by Gavin Lurssen

Music Video Sand Art by Kseniya Simonova

Art Design - Mick Wieland Design

Cover Image - Ali Cavanaugh

Kseniya Simonova
Music Video Sand Artist

Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian ‘sand artist’ who creates beautiful and touching stories with just sand and her hands. She is the most viewed sand artist on the internet. She holds the title of Merited Artist of Ukraine.

Winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent, Kseniya has performed her sand animation shows in more than 70 countries and been declared an internet sensation by The Guardian.

On America’s Got Talent, her Golden Buzzer performance had almost two hundred million views.  She is the only performer to have received two ‘Golden Buzzers’ on two different “The Champions” series of the “Got Talent” franchise.


Angels for Ukraine
Fundraiser for the IRC

In tandem with the release of “Angels the Garden", October Project has launched ANGELS FOR UKRAINE, a fundraiser to support the International Rescue Committee's "Crisis in Ukraine” Emergency Fund. The IRC brings humanitarian aid to displaced families, mothers and children in Ukraine and the surrounding areas, delivering vital services such as cash assistance, mental health support, and safe healing and learning spaces for children. Here’s how your donation can help:

  • $50 can deliver 8 emergency cookstoves
  • $75 can provide more than 13 warm blankets
  • $100 can provide 4 families with a solar lamp
  • $250 can provide medical care for 9 children
  • $500 can equip 1 mobile medical clinic


October Project

Marina Belica • Julie Flanders • Emil Adler



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