At the heart of the ensemble’s ideology is a desire to embrace and learn whilst also producing projects and performances which are stimulating, moving and of the highest possible standard.

The word ‘tafahum’ is Arabic for ‘understanding’.



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“…ingeniously blended… enticing scoring and intelligent arranging are constant factors on this album… joyous.”  Neil Van Der Linden, Songlines Magazine, July 2016

“…beguilingly scored and intelligently structured…the music constantly evolves. …Magical.”  Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, April 2016

“wonderfully exotic sounds and harmonies… seamless and intuitive blending of traditions terrific ensemble”  Bruce Reader, The Classical Reviewer, March 2016

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Read the latest article on Gramophone’s website about the group here:

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