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"A bridge of sounds between the Orient and Occident"
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.
Alex Simu (Romania) - Clarinets
Franz von Chossy(Germany) - Piano
Sjahin During (Turkey/Holland) - Afro Anatolian Percussion
'Arifa combines the musical heritage of Babylon, Istanbul, Bucharest and Amsterdam with electronics and contemporary improvisations. The result transcends the sum of its parts and is a journey far into the realm of imagination.' (Songlines)
'In its exquisite beauty this debut album holds up to the level of the best works of Anouar Brahem.' (Volkskrant)
special project in 2014