Nasip Kısmet (TR/HU)

Opus Jazz Club
  • Arif Erdem Ocak - guitar and vocals
  • Daniel Mester - saxophone and clarinet
  • David Szegő - drums
  • Marton Eged - bass guitar
  • Tomi Smuk - percussions
  • Derya Ocak - backing vocals

Gallery tickets are still available on the spot! Please order your drinks downstairs at the bar. Looking forward to welcome you at Opus Jazz Club.

Serendipity is not only the closest meanings of Nasip Kısmet, but also the best way to describe this international band’s authentic, multi-genre music: an ancient folk melody turns into a psychedelic outburst by a sudden chord progression, then eases into a mild jazz-fusion breeze by a touch of masterful musicianship.

Nasip Kısmet is the brainchild of Arif Erdem Ocak, the Turkish-born musician who resides in Budapest, Hungary since 2010, best-known as a founding member and co-songwriter of the famed Ankara band Seksendört who topped charts mid-to-late 2000s with consecutive hits. After moving to Budapest to pursue a solo music career, he focused on the deep repertoire of old and contemporary Turkish folk music, interpreting it through his unique vocal style as well as his trademark hammer-on and pull-off, percussive guitar technique. Live renditions of this material earned Arif a loyal following and quickly made him a staple in the Hungarian live music scene. His special interest in ancient Anatolian mysticism and philosophy led the versatile musician to explore the poetry and songs of the era with a multi-instrumental approach. Nasip Kısmet, the ethnic-jazz outfit he formed in 2019 featuring fellow high-caliber musicians - Cem Aksel (TR) on Drums, Dániel Mester (HU) on Saxophone and Clarinet, and Márton Eged (HU) on Bass Guitar – was the perfect answer and the outfit recorded a three-song, self-titled EP that comprises rather sophisticated versions of some classics of the genre. After Cem Aksel moved back home to Istanbul, Dávid Szegő and Tomi Smuk joined the band on drums and percussion respectively, and the live line-up was completed by Derya Ocak’s (Arif’s sister) addition on backing vocals. With this live line-up, Nasip Kısmet played some intimate club shows in Summer 2020 to great reception by audiences and quickly graduated to larger, sold-out shows in prestigious Budapest venues. The band’s currently rehearsing for the recording of their full-length, planned for release later this year.

Gallery tickets are available for 1500 HUF on the spot.

Gallery guests may order their drinks downstairs at the bar.

For more information, please call +36 1 216 7894


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