In the summer of 2014, composer Maximilian Marcoll was asked to write a piece for the Carillon in the Tiergarten in Berlin, to be premiered on Pentecost 2015.
Committed and conscious about the current situation in Europe, where the peaceful coexistence of different cultures is overshadowed by xenophobia, Maximilian was determined to spread a peaceful and unifying message.
The piece in question, "Adhan" (Arabic for "call to prayer"), consists of a recording of an Islamic call to prayer, doubled in sync by the bells of a Carillon and combined with a recording of an ancient Jewish wind instrument - the Shofar.
Hence, the world's largest monotheistic religions are joined together in a single musical and performative gesture: The call of a muezzin, doubled by the bells of the Carillon, supported by the Jewish Shofar, on a Judeo-Christian holiday.
Our goal is to spread a high-profile, peaceful and unifying message. We are therefore inviting the most representative Carillons in Europe to perform "Adhan" on Pentecost 2017.
"Art is an international language. Depending on the melody of its phrases, it can scandalize, even insult. But it can also be a source of reconciliation and understanding. It is with great favor and gratitude that I look forward to 'Adhan'. I hope it brings Jews, Christians and Muslims closer to one another in these tumultuous and violent times."
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