"You can hear the 'chapters' of this story unfold through the whimsical beauty of Takahashi's music"
By Heidi McKenzie
"simplicity and precision was riveting, especially during Aki Takahashi's spotlight on vocals and the three-stringed shamisen"
By Anna Ash, Michigan Daily
"out the haunting, melancholy piece composed by Aki Takahashi, who came to Canada three years ago… One wonders if the emotional response that some listeners are having to "Hon-Choshi
Shamisen" can be attributed to its use of space".
By Errol Nazareth, Eye Weekly
"Aki Takahashi's sparse chords on the silk-stringed shamisen and freely wandering vocals, accompanied by small drums and tiny bells, evoked so much without a single wasted note. Perhaps
this is what is meant by, "listening to the notes that are not being played".
By Tim McCloskey, Windsor Lance