As a musician (guitar, voice, keyboards, percussion…), Alif is a fervent defender of acoustic sounds, from philharmonic music to pop via jazz and world music.
A sound- engineer and producer skilled in digital techniques, he has been navigating through the universe of recording-studios, sound-stages and television, and record-labels, for the past twenty years.
The voyager, who tele-transported himself to Seattle a few years ago, finally settled down in Marseille and installed his own studio at the end of 1999.
In February 2000 He signed with M10 for “The Observatory”, a first album that scrutinized, in the distance, the possible future of electronic music. The press, critics welcomed this clairvoyant point of view with interest. “Between pop melancholy, West Coast groove and ethnic reflections, the first album from Alif Tree inscribes itself in the composite logic of tomorrow’s downbeat: pop fragrances, science-fiction nuggets, jazz, exotic savours, this first Alif Tree album does without glutamate”, wrote Yann Quélennec in the columns of “Coda”.
Having crossed over into the third millennium, Alif signed with Universal Music Jazz and came out with “Spaced”, an opus that points, like E.T.’s finger, to visions perceived from his observatory. Sailing the seven seas of space in zero gravity, between trip-hop under classical influence, instrumental hip-hop and jazzy electronica, these ten tracks go head-to-head against the current trends, which would like to have all down-tempo electro composers produce soundtracks for imaginary movies.
Then Al!f, for almost ten years, explored and went on, meeting musicians and artists, stages and studios, collected sounds and atmospheres, scenes and moods to bring “French Cuisine”, his third album. Yes, the man is French, and considers himself as an open minded cook, defending the “art of living” à la française, mixing ingredients,, like a unique menu he’s prepared for you.
Adding little bits of the scores he writes for cinema or Tv, music for classic and modern dance ballets, remixes, etc…. Plus of course a mixture of those gigs in NYC, London, Rome, Paris or Sarajevo….and in the beautiful city of Marseille of course!
On stage, he mixes; using tracks and cinematic ambiances with radio sources, from classical music to experimental electronic, and creates each time a unique trip thru time, space and memory. He can also be a crowd mover when he feels like it, heating dance floors with various spices, without ever falling into clichés. But that’s not all: the guy is a tremendous cook.
If you’re invited to one of his parties , you’ll see! You’ll taste! With elegance and creativity. You can also easily talk to him about wine, motorbikes, Asia, mysticism, or psychology (Alif is a graduate in art therapy), also Rumania (his father’s country) or le Pays Basque (his mother’s country). As he says: “This world isn’t made to be understood by specialists, but maybe universalists have a chance”.