"With his high sensibility and distinguished technique, Mehmet Polat was able to bring out the beauty of his ud and its oriental character, by translating his feelings in each note while respecting the general ambiance of the concert and the general identity of the band Arifa". - AlRai, Jordan. With his music, Mehmet Polat represents his identity as a Western European oriented musician from the Middle East. Through his improvisations, compositions and his own take on a variety of musical styles, Mehmet is constantly searching for new musical paths and inspiration. By gathering a broad range of musical influences from different cultures, he has developed new approaches for the use of his instrument. From Africa to India, Persia to the Balkans, Contemporary to Jazz, he has been correlating various musical gatherings with his Alevi Spiritual, Anatolian Folk and Ottoman classical music background. After many years of research, he has invented his own technique to go further than the limitations of this traditional instrument. By stretching the fingers, he can play also more advanced & modern pieces. He has designed an ud with two extra bass strings to broaden the range of his instrument.
Mehmet is based in Amsterdam since 2007, from there has been touring to many countries with different projects.