Arifa was founded in 2010. Since then they have performed in 24 countries worldwide at international festivals and venues such as the Concertgebouw, London Jazz Festival Southbank Centre, Kennedy Art Centre USA, Ethnoport Festival, Jarasum International Jazz Festival, , Jazzahead, Chicago World Music Festival, Amsterdam Roots, Bimhuis, Garana Jazz, Havana Jazz, Istanbul Akbank Festival, Shanghai World Music Festival, de Roma, Barbican’s Transcender Festival, Glatt & Verkehrt Festival, BBC Broadcasting House London.
They have collaborated in the past with such amazing artists as Aynur Doğan, Arto Tunçboyacıyan, Theodosii Spassov, the Gypsies of Rajasthan featuring Laka Khan and the Voices from the East featuring musicians from China, Korea, Iran & Bulgaria, that resulted in concerts, recordings, and tours.
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. Jazzahead 2013
released May 3, 2019
ARIFA Secret Poetry
Alex Simu (RO) clarinets
Franz von Chossy (DE) piano
Sjahin During (TR/NL) percussion set
Music composed by Alex Simu tracks 1, 7, 9, 10
Franz von Chossy tracks 3, 4, 6
Sjahin During, Franz von Chossy, Alex Simu tracks 2, 5, 8
Recorded by Chris Weeda at Fattoria Musica Recording Studios
Mixed by Chris Weeda
Mastered by Darius van Helfteren
Graphic design by Ivana Dukic
Produced by Franz von Chossy, Sjahin During & Alex Simu
Arifa was founded in 2010, 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....more
I really can not express why I love this as much as I do. It is out-of-reach for a guy like me and hard to explain the feelings that I feel when I listen to it. The first McCraven album I bought a couple weeks ago ((4 to the right;-), I played it twice, just 2 tracks at a time... It's making me humble because it feels bigger than me, and careful because I don't know where it is taking me. And all of that, is the definition of art. At least, for me it is.... PlayItLoud!