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Sounds of Faith

Sounds of Faith is a unique media and educational outreach project focusing on the power of sound—especially in sacred contexts—to unite people. Beginning with an exploration of the peaceful, complex, beautiful, and resonant soundscapes of the three Abrahamic faiths, Sounds of Faith will celebrate the differences and commonalities of sound, focus on how humans are connected to God through sound, and to each other and foster a deeper understanding of the strong ties between the three religions and the communities of faith.

Religious sound links the past with the present, gathering and directing spiritual emotions, and evoking a sacred presence as does no other medium. In the three Abrahamic faiths, sound occupies a primary role, reaching out and connecting where the printed word does not. From Jewish cantillation to Christian hymnody and Qurâranic recitation, sound is deeply integrated into religion, communicating social messages and our understanding of the essence of the divine. Sound unites people of faith by providing them with a tonal frame of reference which appears every bit as effective in creating and maintaining religious identity as the written text. The intrinsic connection between faith and music and sound is largely unexplored. Books, magazines and television programs have focused on the written and spoken aspects of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but scant attention has been paid to the role of music and sound. At the same time, surveys of sacred music do not explain its central role within and between these religious traditions.

Through live performances and subsequent films and other media projects, SOUNDS OF FAITH will fill the gap between sacred written traditions and secular music surveys by illustrating how sound functions as one of the key building blocks of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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