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Hailing originally from Sasebo city, Nagasaki, Japan, Keita Ogawa is Grammy Award winner (as Snarky puppy member) and one of the most versatile and sought-after percussionist and drummer in New York City.

He started his music career on drum set at the age of 15.

After performing regularly in Tokyo for several years, Keita decided to pursue his musical studies overseas. He was accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in fall of 2005 where he studied with legendary musicians and educators Manuel “Egui” Castrillo, Jamey Haddad, Tito De Gracia, David Rosado, and Mark Walker. Seeking full immersion into the world of Brazilian percussion, Keita relocated to Rio de Janeiro for 3 months and studied with the some of the country’s most respected musicians- Jorginho do Pandeiro, Celsinho Silva, Kiko Freitas, and Marcio Bahia among others.

Since his arrival in America, Keita has worked with some of the biggest names in modern music including Yo-yo-ma, Assad Brothers, Charlie Hunter, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Le Nubians, Romero Lubambo, Clarice Assad, Jaques Morelenbaum, Osvaldo Golijov, Eric Harland, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and more.

He also played and composed music called “Starting Five” with “J-Squad” (New York based 5 Japanese Jazz Musicians) for one of big National Japanese News TV Program called “Hōdō Station” since April 2016.

Currently he works several projects like, Snarky puppy, J-Squad, Banda Magda, Bokantè, Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra, Clarice Assad and more.

 

Also He is endorsed by Canopus Drum, Meinl Percussion, Sabian Cymbal, Vic Firth, Evans Drum Head, Cooperman Company, Dem Sticks, Parka Percussion and Decora 43.

 

Keita can virtually play any percussion instrument and musical style with fluency and unparalleled musicality. Despite his youth, he has set an example for the next generation of world-class musicians. Keita’s passion for crossing musical borders and uniting differences in cultures is a rare talent which he exhibits with a smile and an open heart.

 

小川慶太

82年生まれ長崎県佐世保市出身。

15歳のときにドラムをはじめる。

高校卒業後神戸にある甲陽音楽学院で2年間学ぶ。その後東京で2年活動した後2005年渡米。その年の秋にバークリー音楽学院に専攻をドラムセットからハンドパーカッションに変えて入学。バークリでは、ジェイミー・ハダッド、エギー・カストリオロ、ティト・デ・グラシア、デビッド・ロサード、マーク・ウォーカーなどに師事する。

そして2007年ブラジルのリオデジャネイロで3ヶ月、ブラジル音楽シーンにおいて重要なジョルジーニョ・ド・パンデーロ、セルシーニョ・シルバ、キコ・フレイタス、マルシオ・バイーアなどに師事する。

 

渡米後、ヨーヨーマをはじめ、アサド兄弟、チャーリー•ハンター、レ•ヌビアンズ、エリック・ハーランド、マリア・シュナイダージャズオーケストラ、ジャキス•モレレンバウム、ボストン・シンフォニーオーケストラなどジャンルを超えて現在の音楽シーンを代表する世界のトップアーティストたちと共演し続けている。

 

現在はスナーキーパピー、バンダマグダ、ボカンテ、チャーリー•ハンタートリオ、カミラ•メーザ&ネクターオーケストラのメンバーで、

現在ニューヨークを拠点に、アメリカ国内、カナダ、ヨーロッパ、アジアなどで世界各国で活躍中。

2016年4月から新しくなったテレビ朝日報道ステーションのオープニングテーマもJSquadの一員として音楽を手がけている。他にもMISIA, 原田知世, 伊藤ゴロー, 東方神起, 佐藤竹善などの作品にも参加している。

2017年10月に佐世保観光名誉大使に就任。

2017年にスナーキー•パピーの一員としてグラミー賞を受賞。

 

“慶太は、ほぼすべての打楽器の類を、圧倒的な音楽性で、難なく演奏する。

彼はまだ若いが、次代を担う世界レベルのミュージシャンの一人だ。

彼の笑顔や大らかな人間性に秘められた情熱は、音楽のジャンルを超え、

あらゆる異文化を繋いでいく。彼の才能は尊く、類まれなものだ。”

by Jamey Haddad(Paul Simon)

Tour Dates

January 2019

Bokanté Europe Tour

01/23/2019 Nalen – Stockholm, Sweden
01/24/2019 Kilden PA Centre – Kristiansand, Norway
01/25/2019 Baerum Kulturhus  – Sandvika, Norway
01/261/2019 Moods – Zurich, Switzerland
01/28/2019 Band On The Wall –  Manchester, UK
01/29/2019 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
01/30/2019 The Apex – Bury St Edmunds, UK
01/31/2019 St Georges Hall – Bristol, UK
02/01/2019 Ronnie Scotts – London, UK
02/02/2019 Celtic Connections – Glasgow, UK

December 2018

JSquad Japan Tour

2018.11.29 thu. 【北海道 札幌】Zepp Sapporo

2018.11.30 fri. 【大阪 梅田】ビルボードライブ大阪

2018.12.1 sat. 【愛知 名古屋】ウインクあいち 大ホール

2018.12.2 sun. 【宮城 仙台】LIVE DOME Star Dust

2018.12.3 mon. 【福島 いわき】club SONIC iwaki

2018.12.5 wed. 【東京 青山】ブルーノート東京

2018.12.6 thu. 【長野 長野】バックドロップ

2018.12.7 fri. 【群馬 高崎】高崎シティギャラリー コアホール

2018.12.8 sat. 【茨城 ひたちなか】ブリックスホール

2018.12.9 sun. 【広島 広島】広島国際会議場 フェニックスホール

2018.12.11 tue. 【岡山 岡山】café SOHO

2018.12.13 thu. 【佐賀 佐賀】LIVEHOUSE SAGA RAG-G

2018.12.14 fri. 【長崎 佐世保】アルカスSASEBO イベントホール

2018.12.15 sat. 【熊本 熊本】Navaro

2018.12.16 sun. 【福岡 博多】Rooms

November 2018

Charlie Hunter Trio Tour 11/7-17

Thu, NOV 08 Rudy’s Jazz Room, Nashville, TN
Fri, NOV 09 CALS Ron Robinson Theater, Little Rock, AR
Sat, NOV 10 Duet, Tulsa, OK
Sun, NOV 11 The Sanctuary, Mckinney, TX
Mon, NOV 12 Austin, TX
Tue, NOV 13 The Townsend, Austin, TX
Thu, NOV 15 Duling Hall, Jackson, MS
Fri, NOV 16 Old U.S. Mint, New Orleans, LA
Sat, NOV 17 Red Light Cafe, Atlanta, GA
Nov 25th Erika Blue Note Brunch, NY

October 2018

10/1 Bokanté with Metropole Orkestra, Melkweg, Amsterdam Holland

10/2 Bokanté with Metropole Orkestra, Heerlen Parkstad Limburg Theatre

10/3 Bokanté with Metropole Orkestra, Utrecht, Tivoli Vredenburg Grote Zaal

10/5 Bokanté with Metroploe Orkestra, Gliwice, Poland 

10/10 & 11 Bokanté Blue Note Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

10/19 Camila Meza & The Nectar Orchestra at BRIC, Brooklyn, NY

September 2018

9/8 Bokanté with Metropole Orkest, Bremen

9/9 Bokanté, Jazz a Villette, Paris, France

9/12 Lohai at Mercury Lounge, NY

9/13-22 Charlie Hunter US tour

9/29 Bokanté with Metropole Orkestra, Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven

9/30 Bokanté with Metropole Orkestra, Groningen Oosterport Grote Zaal

August 2018

8/2 Amfi Plassen, Odense Denmark

8/3 Nefertiti Club, Gothenburg Sweden

8/5 Guixols Arena, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

8/9 LoHai, White Plains, NY

8/16 John Hadfield Presents Percussion Festival at Cornelia st Cafe, NY

8/22 Banda Magda, Woodbridge, NJ

8/23 Banda Magda, Lewisberg, PA

8/24 Banda Magda, Wilmington, DE

July 2018

7/11 & 12 Claudia Acuna, Dizzy’s Coca Cola Jazz Club, NY

Bokanté Europe Tour 7/15-8/5

7/15 North Sea Jazz, Rotterdam, NL

7/17 The Famour Speigeltent / Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Edinburgh UK

7/18 Jazz Café, London UK

7/20 Malta Jazz Festival, Malta, Italy

7/21 Arena Santa Giuliana, Perugia Italy

7/23 Schlossplatz OldenburgOldenburg Germany

7/25 Muffathalle, Munich Germany

7/26 Bitef Art Summer Stage, Belgrade Serbia

7/28 Kupferschmiede Langnau, Langnau Switzerland

7/29 Okarina Festival, Bled Slovenia

7/31 Terme Romane, Sardinia Italy

June 2018

6/8 Banda Magda with String, Joe’s Pub, NY

6/9 Rogerio Boccato Quarteto, Chelsea Music Festival, NY

6/12 &13 Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Birdland, NY

6/14 Adam Birnbaum Trio, Chelsea Music Festival, NY

6/17-23 Snarky Puppy, Gnaoua Music Festival, Morroco

6/26 Banda Magda, Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto, Canada

6/27 Banda Magda, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ottawa, Canada

6/28 Banda Magda, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal, Canada

6/29 Banda Magda, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

May 2018

5/2 Les Nubians, Gotham Hall, NY

5/4 Clarice Assad, SubCulture, NY

5/13 Weedie Braimah, Leaf Festival, Black Mountain, NC

5/17 Kaoru Watanabe, NYC

5/17 Banda Magda, Brooklyn Bowl, NY

5/22 Yasushi Nakamura & Big Yuki, NY

April 2018

Misia 20th Anniversary Super Arena Tour

4/7 &8 Osaka Jo Hall

4/27 &28 Yokohama Arena

4/30 Kuroda Takuya, Otyanomizu Waerasu Plaza, Tokyo, Japan

March 2018

3/1 Les Nubians, BAM, Brooklyn, NY

February 2018

Charlie Hunter with Lucy Woodward

2/1 Hopewell Theatre, Hopewell, NJ

2/2 Capital Ale House, Richmoond, VA

2/3 Union Stage, Washington, DC

2/5 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC

2/6 Red Light Cafe, Atlanta, GA

2/7 Heartwood Soundstage, Gainesville, FL

2/8 Fogerty Community Media and Arts, Sarasota, FL

2/9-11 Ground Music Festival (Charlie Hunter, Banda Magda and Snarky Puppy)

2/14 The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC

2/16 Rudy’s Jazz Room, Nashville, TN

2/17 Pisgah Brewing, Black Mountain, NC

2/18 The Southern, Charlottesville. VA

2/24 Rockwood Music Hall stage 2, New York

2/25 The Acoustic Cafe, Bridgeport, CT

October 2017

Paul Winter

10/1  Cathedral of St John Divine, New York, NY


Bob Mundy CD release Show

10/2  West Bank Cafe New York, NY


J-Squad

10/8 Sasebo Jazz Festival, Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan


Banda Magda West Coast Tour

10/18 Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA


10/19 Kummbwa Jazz center, Santa Cruz, CA


10/20 The Mint, Los Angeles, CA


10/21 The Nash, Phoenix, AZ


Monday Michiru

10/25 Jazz at the Kitano, New York


Huntertones

10/27 Bowery Ballroom, New York


Carolina Calvache

10/28 The cell, New York


September 2017

Banda Magda 

9/6 Nectar Lounge  Seattle, WA


9/7 Triple Door Seattle, WA


9/8 -10 Sisters Folk Festival Sisters, OR


9/14 Joe’s Pub “Tigre” CD release show New York, NY


Snarky Puppy 

9/15 The Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac, MI


9/16 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN


Banda Magda

9/19 Nighttown Cleveland, OH


9/20 Cliff Bells Detroit, MI


9/21 Martyrs’ Chicago, IL


9/23 Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI


Bob Mundy CD release Show

9/28 West Bank Cafe New York, NY


Hunter Tones

9/29 Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 New York, NY