Canto - هواء ; Canto - ॐ नमः शिवाय (2017-2018)

Two pieces for instruments and voice.

Canto - هواء is a piece for blues harmonica, electronics and voice and was written after the listening to some recordings of Sufi songs by a male choir in Aleppo in 2011, just before the beginning of the war. In the piece the voice sings in the harmonica an ancient Sufi text in Arabic that is the Hizb an-nasr or Litany of Victory by Shaykh Abdal Qadir Jilan. Canto - ॐ नमः शिवाय is for e-bass, singing bowl and voice. In this case the voice sings the catholic Litaniae Sanctorum, taken from the Graduale Triplex. Both pieces are about the connections between words, sounds and religion, and on the value of spirituality in a secularized world.

Translation of Shaykh Shādhilī’s Litany of Victory (Ḥizb al-Naṣr) 

O God, by the subjugating power of Your authority! By the speed of the relief of Your Victory! By Your protective wrath over the violation of what You have prohibited! And by Your shelter of whomever seeks Your protection through Your verses of the Qur’an! We beg You! O Allah! O All- Hearing! O Near One! O Answerer! O Swift One! O Avenger! O Mighty Assaulter! O Subjugator! O Compeller! O You Who is not weakened by the power of tyrants! [O You] for whom the destruction of tyrants is no significant challenge! We ask You to make the trap of he who plots against us to be entrapped by it, and the plot of he who plots against us to fall prey to his own snare! And [we beg You] to cause he who digs a hole for us to fall into it, and he who sets up a net of deception for us to be driven into it, trapped by it, and imprisoned by it! O God, by the right of “Kaf-Ha-Ya-ʽAyn-Sad,” relieve us from the fear of [our] enemies! Confront them with subjugation, make them a ransom for all that is dear, and overpower them with a swift defeat; today and tomorrow. O God, divide their unity! O God, disperse their assembly! O God, lessen their numbers! O God, blunt their edge! O God, make them shackled by their own ring [of fetters]! O God, make retribution to be upon them! O God, exclude them from the shade of leniency! And deprive them of the support of sufficient time! Fetter their hands and feet, tie up their hearts and do not enable them reach their goals! O God, tear them apart in the way you make Your enemies perish in order to grant victory to Your Prophets, Messengers, and Your dearest servants. O God, grant us the victory of Your beloved ones over Your enemies. O God, do not allow the enemy overpower us and do not give them authority over us as a result of our sins. Matters have become intense, victory has arrived, and they will not overpower us.  [grant us] protection from what we fear! O God, avert the evils of the malicious [enemies]. Do not make us a source of tribulation. O God, grant us what we hope [for] and beyond what we hope for. O One through Whose favors we ask for His favors! We ask You for haste; haste! O God, answer [us]! Answer [us]! O One Who answered Nuh among his people! O One who gave victory to Ibrahim over his enemies! O One Who returned Yusuf to Yaqub! O One Who removed the tribulation of Ayyub! O One Who answered the call of Zakariya! O One Who answered the prayers of Yunus b. Matta! We implore You, O God, through the secrets of the sources of these supplications to accept what we call upon You for, to grant us what we ask for, and to manifest for us the promise which You have promised the believers! There is no god but You. All praises are to You. I have been of those who have transgressed! By Your majesty, all our hopes have been lost except for [our hope] in You! By Your truth, all of our expectations have diminished except for our expectations from You! When the might of our kin has become unresponsive, The closest thing to us is the might of God! O might of God, intensify Your coming with haste, And unravel our knots, O might of God! The enemy has antagonized and violated, And we have turned to God seeking refuge. God is the most sufficient guardian.God is the most sufficient victor. God is sufficient for us and He is the best of guardians. And there is no power, nor strength except through God the exalted and Magnificent. Answer our prayers! Amīn! The plan of the oppressors has failed. All thanks are to God Lord of the worlds. May prayers and peace be upon Muhammad, the unlettered prophet, upon his family, and the entirety of his Companions. 

 

Litaniae Sanctorum


Kyrie, eleison. R. Kyrie, eleison. 
Christe, eleison. R. Christe, eleison. 
Kyrie, eleison. R. Kyrie, eleison. 
Christe, audi nos. R. Christe, audi nos. 
Christe, exaudi nos. R. Christe, exaudi nos. 
Pater de caelis Deus, R. miserere nobis. 
Fili Redemptor mundi Deus, R. miserere nobis. 
Spiritus Sancte Deus, R. miserere nobis. 
Sancta Trinitas, unus Deus, R. miserere nobis.

Sancta Maria, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancta Dei Genetrix, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancta Virgo virginum, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Michael, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Gabriel, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Raphael, R. ora pro nobis. 
Omnes sancti Angeli et Archangeli, R. orate pro nobis. 
Omnes sancti beatorum Spirituum ordines, R. orate pro nobis. 
[Sancte Abraham, R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Moyses, R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Elia, R. ora pro nobis.] 
Sancte Ioannes Baptista, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Ioseph, R. ora pro nobis. 
Omnes sancti Patriarchae et Prophetae, R. orate pro nobis. 

Sancte Petre, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Paule, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Andrea, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Iacobe (maior), R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Ioannes, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Thoma, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Iacobe (minor), R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Philippe, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Bartolomaee, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Matthaee, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Simon, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Thaddaee, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Matthia, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Barnaba, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Luca, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Marce, R. ora pro nobis. 
Omnes sancti Apostoli et Evangelistae, R. orate pro nobis. 
Omnes sancti discipuli Domini, R. orate pro nobis. 

Omnes sancti Innocentes, R. orate pro nobis. 
Sancte Stephane, R. ora pro nobis. 
[Sancte Ignati (Antiochene), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Polycarpe, R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Iustine, R. ora pro nobis.] 
Sancte Laurenti, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Vincenti, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancti Fabiane et Sebastiane, R. orate pro nobis. 
Sancti Ioannes et Paule, R. orate pro nobis. 
Sancti Cosma et Damiane, R. orate pro nobis. 
Sancti Gervasi et Protasi, R. orate pro nobis. 
[Sancte Cypriane, R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Bonifati, R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Stanislae, R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Thoma (Becket), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancti Ioannes (Fisher) et Thoma (More), R. orate pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Paule (Miki), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancti Ioannes (de Brebeuf) et Isaac (Jogues), R. orate pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Petre (Chanel), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Carole (Lwanga), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sanctae Perpetua et Felicitas, R. orate pro nobis.] 
[Sancta Maria (Goretti), R. ora pro nobis.] 
Omnes sancti martyres, R. orate pro nobis.

Sancte Sylvester, R. ora pro nobis. 
[Sancte Leo, R. ora pro nobis.] 
Sancte Gregori, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Ambrosi, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Augustine, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Hieronyme, R. ora pro nobis. 
[Sancte Athanasi, R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancti Basili et Gregori (Nazianzene), R. orate pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Ioannes Chrysostome, R. ora pro nobis.] 
Sancte Martine, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Nicolae, R. ora pro nobis. 
[Sancte Patrici, R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancti Cyrille et Methodi, R. orate pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Carole (Borromeo), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Francisce (de Sales), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Pie (Decime), R. ora pro nobis.] 
Omnes sancti Pontifices et Confessores, R. orate pro nobis. 
Omnes sancti Doctores, R. orate pro nobis. 

Sancte Antoni, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Benedicte, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Bernarde, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Dominice, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancte Francisce, R. ora pro nobis. 
[Sancte Thoma (de Aquino), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Ignati (de Loyola), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Francisce (Xavier), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Vincenti (de Paul), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Ioannes Maria (Vianney), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancte Ioannes (Bosco), R. ora pro nobis.] 
Omnes sancti Sacerdotes et Levitae, R. orate pro nobis. 
Omnes sancti Monachi et Eremitae, R. orate pro nobis. 

Sancta Anna, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancta Maria Magdalena, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancta Agatha, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancta Lucia, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancta Agnes, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancta Caecilia, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancta Catharina, R. ora pro nobis. 
Sancta Anastasia, R. ora pro nobis. 
[Sancta Catharina (Senensis), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancta Teresia (de Avila), R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancta Rosa (de Lima), R. ora pro nobis.] 
Omnes sanctae Virgines et Viduae R. orate pro nobis. 

[Sancte Lodovice, R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancta Monica, R. ora pro nobis.] 
[Sancta Elisabeth (Hungariae), R. ora pro nobis.] 
Omnes Sancti et Sanctae Dei, R. intercedite pro nobis. 

Propitius esto, R. parce nos, Domine. 
Propitius esto, R. exaudi nos, Domine. 
Ab omni malo, R. libera nos, Domine. 
Ab omni peccato, R. libera nos, Domine. 
Ab ira tua, R. libera nos, Domine. 
A subitanea et improvisa morte, R. libera nos, Domine. 
Ab insidiis diaboli, R. libera nos, Domine. 
Ab ira et odio et omni mala voluntate, R. libera nos, Domine. 
A spiritu fornicationis, R. libera nos, Domine. 
A fulgure et tempestate, R. libera nos, Domine. 
A flagello terraemotus, R. libera nos, Domine. 
A peste, fame et bello, R. libera nos, Domine. 
A morte perpetua, R. libera nos, Domine. 
Per mysterium sanctae Incarnationis tuae, R. libera nos, Domine. 
Per adventum tuum, R. libera nos, Domine. 
Per nativitatem tuam, R. libera nos, Domine. 
Per baptismum et sanctum ieiunium tuum, R. libera nos, Domine. 
Per crucem et passionem tuam, R. libera nos, Domine. 
Per mortem et sepulturam tuam, R. libera nos, Domine. 
Per sanctam resurrectionem tuam, R. libera nos, Domine. 
Per admirabilem ascensionem tuam, R. libera nos, Domine. 
Per adventum Spiritus Sancti Paracliti, R. libera nos, Domine. 
In die iudicii, R. libera nos, Domine. 

Peccatores, R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut nobis parcas, R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut nobis indulgeas, R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut ad veram paenitentiam nos perducere digneris, 
R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut Ecclesiam tuam sanctam regere et conservare digneris, 
R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut domum Apostolicum et omnes ecclesiasticos ordines in sancta religione conservare digneris,
R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut inimicos sanctae Ecclesiae humiliare digneris, 
R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut regibus et principibus christianis pacem et veram concordiam donare digneris,
R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut cuncto populo christiano pacem et unitatem largiri digneris,
R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut omnes errantes ad unitatem Ecclesiae revocare, et infideles universos ad Evangelii lumen perducere digneris,
R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut nosmetipsos in tuo sancto servitio confortare et conservare digneris,
R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut mentes nostras ad caelestia desideria erigas,
R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut omnibus benefactoribus nostris sempiterna bona retribuas,
R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut animas nostras, fratrum, propinquorum et benefactorum nostrorum ab aeterna damnatione eripias,
R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut fructus terrae dare et conservare digneris,
R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut omnibus fidelibus defunctis requiem aeternam donare digneris,
R. te rogamus, audi nos. 
Ut nos exaudire digneris, R. te rogamus, audi nos.

Fili Dei, R. te rogamus, audi nos. 

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, R. parce nobis, Domine. 
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, R. exaudi nos, Domine. 
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, R. miserere nobis. 
Christe, R. audi nos. 
Christe, R. exaudi nos.