What the World Needs Now

What the World Needs Now

Baroque Arias and Arabic Art Songs,
American Folk Songs and New Songs
about the Power of Love

m Reich des Goldenen Apfels

Sarband (director: V. Ivanoff)
Rebal Alkhodari (Syria) - tenor, oud, bouzuq
Joel Frederiksen (USA)- bass, lute
Mohamad Fityan (Syria) - nay, kavala
Vladimir Ivanoff (Bulgaria) - percussion, oud






Joel Frederiksen, the US expert on baroque vocals, and Syrian vocal virtuoso Rebal Alkhodari sing about Love,
overcoming everything, uniting everybody.

They accompany themselves on lute and oud (the Arabic lute). Mohamad Fityan and Vladimir Ivanoff,
experienced bridge builders between Orient and Occident, accompany the two on their musical voyage.

Two Syrian musicians, an American, and a Bulgarian, all migrants to Germany, share their musical homelands:
Baroque arias from Europe, American folk repertoire, Arabic art songs, and newly composed English and Arabic songs
about their cultural and musical homelands.

The US embassy in Munich was delighted by this collaboration and supported the premiere of this program in the
Bavarian National Museum Munich, October 2015.

We hope that our bridge building encourages our listeners to do the important and simple: shake hands with "the Other".
In this period of disorientation and conflict, shaking hands might be the most powerful political instrument.
The power of love.


With their philosophy, «Ensemble "Sarband" delightsthe audience at the Speinsharter Sommerkonzerte:
Peaceful music is more powerful than the noisiness of war.
There is a lot to doscover in this concert: farewell and hope on reunion, homeland and outland, travels to the horizons of human warmth. To express these hopes in homeland songs - with the feeling to be at home - this is what the listeners experience with bewitchingly sweet bridge building. Closeness and yearning are the poles of this ravishing evening …
Far from the veils of folklore, the group creates an intimate alliance with the omnipresent subject of Love …
"Sarband" revels in poetry. In the spiritual acoustics of the monastery, "What the World needs now" is a passionate plea for love amongst human beings…» Robert Dotzauer, Onetz.de, 23.08.2016






Live: BNM München 10-2015
«Pretty Saro»
Live: BNM München 10-2015
«Black is the Color»
Live: BNM München 10-2015
«Nottingham-Masters of War»

Rebal AlKhodary







Joel Frederiksen