Press on Arifa
This music is as soft as moonlight and no less magical. The songs on Secret Poetry are subtle, and develop with the patience of planets slowly orbiting the sun. Ultimately, it’s the strength of the melodies and the seductive way they are brought to a full bloom that carries this gorgeous album, and really make it stand out from the crowd."
(Bandcamp - UK)
"Secret Poetry: masters in playing with elegance. An album not to get enough of."
(Mixedworldmusic by Ton Maas)
"Arifa strikes gold. This is music that can make you shiver with delight"
"The alchemical formula of this band resmables of some poetic productions of ECM lablel"
"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."
"This sumptuous album places Arifa very high in the pantheon of world music in Europe.
We where conquered by this album which breaths the wind,the space,the time and the infinite"
(Babel Med - France)
"The music of this unconventional ensemble is not just animated, its thrilling, it's not obtrusive but intrusive. Arifa was the biggest surprise of the 2010 Dutch Jazz & World Meeting."
"The group "Arifa," which was founded in Amsterdam in 2010 and appeared two years ago in Cuba, returned with their mix of Eastern music and jazz. It was a special moment for many people to hear such intense and emotional music, equally powerful and so different to the passion that characterizes to Cuban works."
"Words, nor stars, can do this record justice. The only option is to remain in silence. Beyond Babylon, the first album of this exquisite quartet, was already delightful, and Anatolian Alchemy easily exceeds it."
(Mixedworldmusic.com by Ton Maas)
"Arifa is one of the top world music groups our country [The Netherlands] has to offer. In every way a world class record."
(Lust for Life online magazine)
"By upholding the intimate ambiance and by maintaining the precedence of (musical) depth over an easy gratification of the audience, the eleven tracks form an inviolable cohesion."
"The band members originating from The Netherlands, Romania, Turkey and Germany braid a mystical landscape comprised of their musical heritage. They do so with more confidence than on their highly acclaimed debut album two years ago."
(NRC national newspaper)
"Meticulous, almost cinematographic soundscapes - enticing and melancholic."
(Trouw national newspaper)
"Ancient wisdom from the East is reinterpreted through an enlightened Western conceptual framework, resulting in splendid musical alchemy."
(Parool national newspaper)
"Seemingly simple themes are transformed into little gems, stimulating and activating the soul by adding irregular modes and rhythms."
Songlines Magazine UK
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 a journey far into the realm of imagination.
Mixed World Music Magazine
Beyond Babylon - voted best world music release of 2010 Made In The Netherlands.
Volkskrant - Neherlands 5 *****
In its exquisite beauty this debut album holds up to the level of the best works of Anouar Brahem.
Music Center Netherlands
Dutch quartet Arifa is currently one of the most promising Dutch world music ensembles around. Moving between traditional oriental sounds, jazz and improvised music.
The originality of the arrangements find its match in truly fresh compositions, and daring instrumentation, harmonies and melodies.
Granma, La Havana
With 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
Arifa were a big hit with the whole Birmingham City University team at the Dutch Jazz World Meeting.
Through their music, one enters the translucent world of dream landscapes.
Volkskrant, Neherlands 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.
"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
Top-quality musicians do not necessarily produce naturally interesting music. Arifa, however, is even greater than the sum of its parts."
Slagwerkkrant (The Drummers Magazine)
Arifa'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
Arifa enchanted the Bimhuis audience with fascinating music from the Middle East.
The 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!