Mehmet Polat Trio


Mehmet Polat Trio Press Quotes

Little miracles emerge with the kora's serenity, peacefulness and softness, the light breeze of the ney and the evocation of the wind that gives one a sense of freedom., FR

Listening to the combination of ney, kora and ud on "Next Spring" we hear a supreme upbeat to a new summer. It is a contemplative album where warmth lingers on every track. - MusicFrames, NL

It's great music to study too beautiful but unobtrusive, advanced and rich in mental stimulation, the chemistry between these musicians and their respective traditions ensures the kind of call and response synergy that makes for some original sounds. - The Voice Magazine, CA

This music is much more than a meeting of Turkish and West African musical styles. There is a poetic eloquence here that compels the listener to respond in a visceral and emotional manner. It is music that gently demands deep listening, and inspires introspection and the unveiling of new insights." - Doobeedoobeedoo, USA

The instrumentation of the trio is unique. All the more surprising how coherent the merging of oriental and West African traditions sounds. - Jazzthetik, DE

Polat's oud and Diarra's kora have this amazing blend, the sound of each instrument complementing each other seamlessly while Arat weaves around the melodies. The music is very soothing, and the musicians' expertise is unquestionable. - Music Whatever, USA

Most of the tunes are of essential beauty and of poetical eloquence, it demands a deep listening and suits meditation perfectly. - Concerto Magazine, AU

Mehmet's oud is perhaps the most cosmopolitan, world-citizen-like, boundless oud you ever heard. Asia Minor meets Western Africa; and Mehmet, with his cello- and violin-influenced left-handed technique, lets the oud sound like an upright bass. - Jazzpodium, DE

Music imbued with mysticism and spirit. Oscillating between contemplative and rhythmic, the trio spawns its individual magic. - Frankfurt Journal, DE

In his elaborate compositions Mehmet Polat combines Anatolian, Middle Eastern music styles with African patterns. Masterfully he fuses the full range and capacity of ney, kora and ud together with their cultures and beyond. Next Spring is an evolutionary and touching album. - Jazz n More Magazine, CH

The concert was a combination of peace, calmness and mesmerizing melodies on black backdrop of the hall, inviting you to travel to another time and a different world. - Jazzkaar Festival, EE (LIVE)

The music of the Mehmet Polat Trio was a cure for the soul with the sincerity and pure emotions of their songs. - Jazzkaar Festival, EE (LIVE)

Mehmet Polat Trio was a tasty musical color spectrum, the mix of different cultures, melodically rich. A beautiful translucence, like a relaxing snack from Vaba Lava concerts as a change in between. - Jazzrytmit, FI (LIVE)

The Middle East mixes with improvised jazz and African elements in a move to explore and dissolve borders, while at the same time effortlessly fusing the here and now into the crossovers. - Zinesters, NL (LIVE)

Next Spring is a touching encounter between three musical sensibilities that understand each other beyond cultural and linguistic divides. They sound as they have always been playing those three instruments together from a common emotional core, or a spiritual unity of talents. - Ethnotempos, FR

Introspective music that needed no flashy fanfare and which brought the audience into a world of peace, spaciousness, serenity, pleasure and beauty. - Jazzenzo, NL (LIVE)