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“Brother Sun, Sister Moon” – Christian und Muslim solar and lunar songs in spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis of Assisi travelled to the Middle East several times: In 1219, he visited Sultan Al-Kamil in Egypt, who was inclined towards Sufism. The similarities between the Cantycle of the Sun and Sufi poetry or between the Franciscans and the Sufi orders are obvious. Same as the Dervishes, Francis of Assisi regarded the pure intellect as the source of arrogance and false teachings. And just like the Sufi mystics, Francis of Assisi recognised the direct and inseparable connection of human beings with creation – with Brother Sun and Sister Moon. Sarband has been following the trail of “god’s jester and troubadour” for thirty years, since the Cantycle of the Sun formed the basis for their first programme and the formation of the ensemble.