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“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. ”

“Eastside Radio’s Album of the Week is New Common Sense by Takadimi. This quintet consists of local Sydney siders who met at university and have only recently graduated. 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..'”

"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.......

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“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. ”

“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". ”

“Since I first caught Takadimi’s unique brand of folk-fusion at this year’s National Folk Festival I’ve been eagerly awaiting the band putting on another gig so I could catch them again and tell everyone I knew that they just have to see what all the fuss is about. It’s been well over 6 months since the National and Takadimi finally have some gigs planned in New South Wales and Victoria in October and November. If you want to experience one of the most interesting bands you’ll see all year do yourself a favour and get to a Takadimi gig: Wednesday, 13th October – The Sugar Lounge, Manly Beach, NSW Friday, 29th October – The Imperial Hotel, Bowral, NSW Sunday, 31st October – Bar 303, Melbourne, Vic Friday, 5th November – Folk in Broke Music Festival, Hunter Valley, NSW Friday, 19th November – Illawarra Folk Club @ the City Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW Friday, 26th November – Open Studio, Melbourne, Vic Saturday, 27th November – Bar 303, Melbourne, Vic”

“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. Takadimi are Curtis Argent (bass), Jeffrey Argent (percussion), Brianne Curran (violin), James McKendry (guitar) and Kieran Ryan-Colton (guitar). Their instrumental sound has been described as “folk-fusion” and it’s easy to see why – the music melds genres from folk to jazz to blues to rock and back again. Their tunes are explorations into the possibilities of music with a .......... (see link for full article)”