Mehmet Polat (Turkey) ud & vocals
Osama Abdulrasol (Babylon) kanun
Alex Simu (Romania) sax, clarinet & live laptop
Sjahin During (Turkey/Holland) Afro Anatolian percussion
“Indescribable brilliance and uniqueness” stands for this unconventional quartet founded in Amsterdam 2010. National Dutch Newspaper “Volkskrant” crowned both Arifa's Bimhuis debut concert and debut CD “Beyond Babylon” with 5 stars.
Prestigious Dutch magazine Mixed World Music awarding the disc in the world music genre as “Best album of 2010 in the Netherlands”.
The 4 members are arriving from Babylon, Istanbul, Bucharest and Amsterdam to take the audience on a truthful and adventurous musical journey. Original compositions and ancient melodies from Arabic, Anatolian and Balkan worlds, combined with live electronics and contemporary improvised music”.
Mixed World Music Magazine, 2 Dec 2010Beyond Babylon - voted best world music release of 2010 Made In The Netherlands.
Volkskrant - Neherlands, 4 Nov 2010 5 *****In its exquisite beauty this debut album holds up to the level of the best works of Anouar Brahem.
Songlines, 4 Feb 201The originality of the arrangements find its match in truly fresh compositions, and daring instrumentation, harmonies and melodies.
Granma, La Havana, Cuba 21 Dec 2010With Arifa, the boundaries of jazz are limitless, and they introduced to the Cuban public fantastic Middle-Eastern music profoundly combined with jazz.
Birmingham City University, 3 Dec 2010Arifa were a big hit with the whole Birmingham City University team at the Dutch Jazz World Meeting.
NRC Handelsblad, 21 Jan 2011 ****Through their music, one enters the translucent world of dream landscapes.
Volkskrant, Neherlands, 15 feb 2010 5 *****The compositions, though unmistakably rooted in Turkish or classical Arabic music, are subtly harmonized and injected with styles borrowed from jazz, Balkan music and contemporary Western classical music. This makes for a fiery and compelling ensemble.
Leidsch Dagblad, 21 Feb 2011“Immediately after the start of the concert, the qualities of the band Arifa, founded only a year ago, shined through. The quartet plays chamber music that leads the listeners far away from their daily burdens. With standing ovations the audience expressed their appreciation for Arifa’s music.”
Radio 6, Netherlands 3 Jan 2011Top-quality musicians do not necessarily produce naturally interesting music. Arifa, however, is even greater than the sum of its parts.“
Onze Wereld - March 2011 ****You get carried away on an adventurous and musical journey through the Balkans and Istanbul to Iraq. Be enchanted by the sounds of Arifa.
Slagwerkkrant (The Drummers Magazine) 24 Mar 2011Arifa’s album ”Beyond Babylon“ has a wonderful atmosphere, starting with moving, new-age-like sounds and evolves into a rich oriental, sometimes wild adventure.
Cultuur Podium, Netherlands, 27 Feb 2010Arifa enchanted the Bimhuis audience with fascinating music from the Middle East.
Studio Globe, 22 Jan 2011The sound of Arifa is a musical voyage of magical scales and subtle nuances where the listener enters its sound and becomes the center point of its interactions. Only to realize much later that being one with music is still possible in this crazy, hectic world of ours. A masterpiece!