Arifa



Biography

Ancient musical traditions from the Middle East and Balkans are blended with jazz and contemporary improvised music through a Western frame of mind. Anatolian Alchemy is the second album by Dutch based Arifa, since the founding three years ago have played in 5 continents. Arifa’s debut album ‘Beyond Babylon’ received five star reviews and was highly acclaimed internationally. Arifa’s secret is the creative chemistry between its four members. Coming from Romania, Turkey, the Netherlands and Germany their music is just as diverse as their origins, moving from traditional Turkish and Balkan sounds to jazz and classical music.

Arifa was founded in 2010. Since then they have performed in Belgium, Germany, Cuba, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Denmark at OffWomex, Canada, Colombia, Poland, Jordan, France, Romania, Czech Republic, USA & United Kingdom. They have been collaborating with amazing artists as: Aynur Do?an, Arto Tunçboyac?yan, Theodosii Spassov, ?enol Filiz, Jorge Reyes, the Gypsies of Rajasthan and Jahida Wehbe, resulting in concerts, recordings and tours. .

Their CD ‘Beyond Babylon’ was released in 2010, and ‘Anatolian Alchemy’ in 2012 . Both albums were received with excellent reviews and attention from the media and audience. They were awarded the title “best world music release” in the Netherlands consecutively and distinguished with 5 stars by various publications..

Arifa has released “Beyond Babylon” in 2010 and “Anatolian Alchemy” in 2012 both albums recived with very high reviews and atention from the media and audience. Awarded as best world music releses in the Netheralnds consecutively and distinguisehed with 5 stars by various publications. You can read reviews from speciality magazines as Songlines, Mondomix and many other..

Although Arifa is based in the Netherlands, this quartet truly matches the spirit of the European Jazz Meeting with its members originally hailing from Romania, Turkey, the Netherlands and Germany. Their music is just as diverse as their origins, moving from traditional Turkish and Arabic orient sounds to jazz and classical music. Arifa’s inspired arrangements and inventive compositions create an intense, radiant atmosphere.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/24/2013: Arifa

This Holland-based quartet brings together musicians from Romania, Turkey, the Netherlands, and Germany to create music as diverse as their origins, moving from traditional Turkish and Balkan sounds to jazz and classical music.

Arifa