|Yakiya is the debut release by Melbourne band Tripataka. This album presents 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 styles of music from around the world.|
Trained in these intercultural forms of music as well as jazz and European classical music, the breadth of the band members’ combined experience and instrumental resources far surpass that of a typical contemporary jazz trio.
Tripataka was formed in 2013 and mostly performs music written by the band members. The title track, Yakiya, was composed by Sherriff and inspired by the irrepressible joy of Yakiya, a friend of Adrian’s family. Yakiya was a Papuan tribal elder and church leader from the valley of Makki where Adrian was raised.
“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