Tarık Aslan is an Istanbul-based drummer and percussionist. Studying at the Pera School of Fine Arts, Tarık was inspired by his Kurdish heritage to take up the daf drum, developing into a master player and instrument builder. Tarık is the founding member of Orta’k’ Doğu, a multifaceted performance group and cultural organization which produces events promoting unity among disparate cultural and ethnic groups throughout the Middle East. He also plays with numerous renowned ensembles including DefJen, a funk and world-music based band, and Nusaibin, a hybrid folk and electronic project. An outspoken activist, Tarık regularly contributes to festivals and rallies aimed at raising visibility for marginalized groups in Turkey. Tarık is currently teaching rhythm lessons at Müjdat Gezen Art School.