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Jazz trio Tripataka to release debut album in August

18 Jul 2017

Respected Melbourne jazz group, Tripataka, is launching their debut album, Yakiya on Sunday 13 August, 2017. 

Recorded on the Tall Poppies label, Yakiya captures a blend of original compositions that capture the endless inspiration the band members derive from the music of North and South India, Bali, Brazil, Cuba and many other musics from around the world.

Trained in these intercultural forms as well as jazz and European classical music, the breadth of the band members’ combined experience and instrumental resources far surpasses that of a typical contemporary jazz trio.

Tripataka was formed in 2013 by three lecturers in the Bachelor of Music at Melbourne Polytechnic:

  • Adrian Sherriff - bass trombone, percussion, voice

  • Jonathan Dimond – electric bass guitars, percussion, voice

  • Adam King – drums, voice

Tripataaka is a Sanskrit term used in Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form of South India, and translates to mean “three parts of the flag”. It refers to a mudra (hand gesture) used by dancers. The mudra can represent a crown, an arrow, thunder or flames of fire. The association with the monk Tripitaka who featured in Monkey, the Japanese television cult drama from the late 1970s is tangential, as is the association with the Melbourne vegetarian restaurant Trippy Taco!

"There may be only three musicians on this recording, but their combined sound is as powerful and expressive as a great big band.  Polymetric drum grooves full of deep funky soul; electric bass lines that float like butterflies and sting like bees; trombone melodies singing, soaring, and diving —  Tripataka’s ensemble sound is astringent, tough, and uncompromising — yet the loose authenticity of folk tradition saturates even the most complex pieces.  Composition and improvisation interweave seamlessly, and the total effect is exhilarating — watch the movie inside your head while you listen, because the cinematography is terrific.”  Warren Senders, Boston, USA, 2017.

Yakiya will be launched on Sunday 13 August at 8pm at The Jazzlab, 27 Leslie St, Brunswick.

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Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Media Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1558911872e.cin1558911872hcety1558911872lopen1558911872ruobl1558911872em@ai1558911872dem1558911872

Melbourne Polytechnic operates across seven campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational and higher education in industry-standard facilities.