Arif Erdem Ocak
is a Turkish percussion guitarist, songwriter, one of the founders of the popular Turkish band, Seksendört. He has been a quintessential member of Budapest’s music scene for years. He connects centuries-old Turkish melodies with modern percussion-style guitar playing. With his storytelling and melodic guitar tunes that lean into folk, he intimately unfolds personal narratives and universal topics such as (after) life, spirituality, virtue and our common humanity. His songs, melodies, and lyrics cover a gamut of emotions; sometimes a mellow contemplation, sometimes overwhelmingly raw or sometimes melodramatic.