SARBAND is a unique ensemble, assimilating the stimuli of different musical cultures into its performances. The repertoire encompasses not only medieval music from the Orient and Occident, but also staged productions of Baroque and contemporary music.
SARBAND was founded in March 1986 by musicologist and musician Dr. Vladimir Ivanoff, mainly with the goal of demonstrating the relationships between European early music and the musical cultures of Islam, as well as their considerable consequence for contemporary music. SARBAND is an international project with artists from Iran, Germany, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Turkey, Lebanon, Iran, and the USA.
SARBAND's unique profile as an ensemble, combining historical performance with non-Western practices, has led to the development of innovative formats for its concerts. In recent years, SARBAND has performed in numerous international festivals, for widely differing audiences, from Early Music to Rock and Jazz.