Concert Programs

Sarband's repertoire creates a deeper consciousness for cultural distinctions, for the patterns which determine
our perception of the Other and the Foreign. Artistic director and musicologist Vladimir Ivanoff is not interested
in creating hip cross-cultural mishmash projects. Through careful research and sophisticated dramaturgical decisions,his repertoire choices highlight the connecting threads between Orient and Occident, Judaism,
Christianity and Islam, past cultures and present time
. Programs with Early Music repertoires link historically
informed European performance practice
with the living traditions of the Mediterranean.
Distinctions between cultures and religions, between old and new are fathomed; historical and modern concepts
of the Other and the Foreign are reflected between the performers and the audience.
With this unique repertoire, stretching from early Chinese music to Sami joiks, from Early Oriental Christian chant
to the music of Gurdjieff, Sarband have gained an international reputation.

Sarband specifically design concert programs on request. Please present your ideas and requirements,
and we will develop a proposal. Some of the festivals and promoters that commissioned programs are:
Styriarte / Graz (Austria) - Psalm / Graz (Austria) - Lincoln Center / New York City (USA) -
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (2008) - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (2008) - Ruhrtriennale (2010)

Sarband offers an unrivaled abundance of programs.
Below, you will find a selection, organized by keywords:

  • Musical Pleas for Peace
  • Roots into the Future: Early Music Building Bridges, Leaving Traces, Teaching Tolerance
  • Of Women and Men - Musical Roads of Live
  • From Vienna to Istanbul, from Istanbul to Vienna: Alla Turca
  • Oriental Obsessions: Orientalisms, Old and New
  • Exciting Soundscapes, Words and Music


Sarband is noted for its numerous collaborative
projects with artists from widely diverse backgrounds, amongst them:

King's Singers, Concerto Köln,
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Dance Company,
Dresdner Philharmonie, Mystère des Voix Bulgares,
RIAS Chamber Choir, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra,
Modern String Quartet, Dominique Horwitz,
NDR Radio Choir, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Choir,
Bochumer Symphoniker, Innovantiqua Ensemble,
Osnabrück Youth Choir, Chorakademie Dortmund,
Georgian Chamber Orchestra,
Armonico Tributo Austria, Chorus Sine Nomine and Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ensemble Sarband has a strong interest in creating
joint projects with orchestras, choirs, chamber music
ensembles, theatre and dance companies.

«When sufi dervishes whirl under the cross in the
cupola of St. Irene in Istanbul, accompanied by a
Cologne classical orchestra, Sarband have again
succeeded in building cultural bridges between
cultures …» Susanne Güsten,, 23.6.05