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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | MAJOR

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | MAJOR
Established on Jan, 2009
Band World Jazz




"New Common Sense Review"

This album is expansive. It is deep, like the roots of a tree, and it has the shape and form of a rainforest perched on the back of a turtle. Articulate musicians, Takadimi take the listener into a universe that ascends, descends, spirals outward, and then lands in a beautiful centre. Flowing like a deep river, this is an album your speakers will enjoy because of the simple and honest way each instrument has been captured and crafted. The best moments were when this group kept their heads up and showed off. Stunning’. - Arne Sjostedt , Canberra Times Music Reviewer


‘I was strolling past a little tent at the National folk festival when I heard a music so refreshing and adventurous that my aural cortex dragged me into the tent, making me late for meeting up with my mum. Such is the joy of Takadimi’. - Mal Webb (musician)


‘I first saw Takadimi completely by accident at this year’s National Folk Festival. I found myself caught in the rain and ducked into one of the smaller tents to get dry just as they were getting on stage. By the time the rain stopped outside I was transfixed and just couldn’t leave, especially when Mal Webb joined them on stage for an impromptu jam’. - Timber and Steel - Gareth Hugh Evans

"National Folk Festival Performance"

In yet another display of AIM students collaborating to take to the stage beyond AIM, this year's National Folk Festival held in Canberra's Exhibition Park on Saturday 11 April, will host a band by the name of Takadimi, who will be performing on the Saturday program.

The band, led by AIM violinist Brianne Curran, also consists of other members from the Australian Institute of Music: Curtis Argent (bass), Jeffrey Argent (percussion), Ricky Cancino (spanish guitar), James McKendry (guitar), Atilio Villegas (charango/spanish guitar).

Together, they will be performing original compositions which are collectively arranged and composed by the group. Takadimi have evolved from a diverse and rich musical background. With their soaring melodies and world-rocking grooves, they'll inspire to make you move.

And their motto: "get jumping or just shut your eyes and allow the waves of sound to take you on a musical adventure around the globe and beyond". - Australian Institute of Music

"Takadimi - New Common Sense"

Folk. Jazz. Latin. Bluegrass. However you want to label them, Sydney instrumental quintet Takadimi are definitely worth paying attention to. Their debut album New Common Sense mingles these styles and more on what can be best described as an eclectic global tour-de-force. Opening track Into The Night begins with an Afro-pop guitar riff before being joined by punchy fiddle-playing that could have come straight from the hills of Ireland. Some of the rhythmic grooves are drawn from the freakier ends of jazz and European folk music, but each track takes a memorable lick and expands on it with the utmost skill and virtuosity. There are Latin flavours on Therese, and Plans combines elements of prog-rock and Spanish flamenco to surprising effect. Although New Common Sense features heavy improvisation, the light-hearted melodies on which each song is built ensure that it never gets tiresome. Together with the fact that Takadimi are as tight as be-bop’s finest, this is an infallibly crafted album which showcases some serious young talent. Some might argue that Takadimi are a musical embodiment of Australia’s cultural diversity. Others might simply say that New Common Sense is a damn fine album which will appeal to anyone with a taste for the exotic. Either way, get your hands on these ten tracks and be sure to catch a Takadimi performance – apparently they’re a formidable live act to boot.
**** ½ - Alternative Media Group

"Takadimi - New Common Sense"

Eastside Radio’s Album of the Week is New Common Sense by Takadimi.

This quintet consists of local Sydney siders who met at Sydney university and have only recently graduated. In their short existence Takadimi have already performed at the Sydney Opera House and various festivals including Pete’s Ridge, Bellingen Global Carnival and High ‘n Dry Festival.

New Common Sense is the debut album from the band, and Takadimi daringly combine various styles on the LP. Jazz, folk, Irish, gypsy, Latin and Afro vibes are all fused delicately but precisely to create an eclectic mix that somehow blend magnificently into a cohesive new sound.

Takadimi have created a refreshing body of contemporary new era music. The quintet ignore and blast through boundaries, choosing not to let rigid genre formulas constrict them. The music also manages to maintain a fun and vibrant theme throughout. Their sound is complex yet unpretentious. New Common Sense is an encouraging and innovative album embodying the notion of why we should be excited about the future of Australian jazz music.

New Common Sense is an independent release by Takadimi. For more information on the band and their album go to their website at www.takadimi.com.au

Stay closely tuned to Eastside as we’ll be giving away a copy of New Common Sense to a listener everyday this week! - East Side Radio

"New Common Sense (Takadimi)"

THIS debut album from Sydney quintet Takadimi follows its formation in 2007. The style is diverse but strongly infused with folk-world music and jazz references, adding a pinch of soft country rock.

There are two guitars, electric or acoustic bass, violin and compatible percussion from Jeffrey Argent including a drum kit and the Peruvian box drum, the cajon. All 10 tracks are collaborative compositions with ample space for solos. The opening track, Into the Night, is described as playing "with the tala rhythms of Indian classical music . . . from which they take their name".

Tala is a Hindi word meaning rhythmic cycle; Takadimi is an Indian system using vocal syllables to describe beats and their subdivisions. The opener has two guitars working on an Indian-style rhythm as Brianne Curran's violin takes the lead to improvise in a convincing, authentic fashion, building tension before a galvanising guitar solo and a fade-out theme.

The title track is a slower melody, featuring an intelligent bass solo from Curtis Argent against a folksy-jazz, busy riff from guitarists Kieran Ryan-Colton and James McKendry.

Little Cashews opens with big, rhythmic, octave chords on nylon-stringed guitar - both nylon and steel strings are used effectively - introducing a smartly moving theme by guitar and violin in unison that has aspects of an Irish bluegrass melody intermingled with an eastern tonality.

LABEL: The Planet Company/MGM
RATING: 3 ½ stars
- The Australian


NEW COMMON SENSE, Nov 2011-The Planet Company: MGM



Joining forces when they met in Sydney at university, in 2007, emerging into the musical cosmos with their debut performance at the National Folk Festival, Canberra (09), this world/jazz quintet created an immediate impression.


With a world of styles at their disposal, Takadimi exerts a genuine obsession for the possibilities within genres and their indefinite boundaries. The group bring you into their worlds through inventive improvisations and evocative soundscapes with influences from the likes of Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Jan Garbarek, John Butler, Tomasz Stanko, Bela Fleck and Jean-Luc Ponty.


In 2011 they launched their debut album New Common Sense which received great reviews and gained widespread recognition across the ABC, Triple J, FBi and community radio. The group are currently writing new tunes for their next album due to be ready for 2015.


Since the groups first release, they have been touring extensively throughout Australia. Highlight performances include the Melbourne International Jazz Festival at Federation Square, FBi Social, Occupy Sydney Anniversary, new Sydney jazz-club Foundry 616, packed-out shows at the Paris Cat Jazz Club (VIC), The Vanguard (Sydney), Sydney Fringe Festival, and Venue 505.


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