Originally from Nagasaki, Japan, Keita Ogawa is one of the most versatile and sought-after percussionists and drummers in New York City; and a recent Grammy Award winner, as a member of the Snarky Puppy jazz ensemble.
Ogawa began his music career on drum set at the age of 15; and after performing regularly in Tokyo for several years, decided to pursue his studies overseas. He was accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Fall 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, Ogawa moved to Rio de Janeiro for three months to study with some of the country’s most respected musicians, including Jorginho do Pandeiro, Celsinho Silva, Kiko Freitas, and Marcio Bahia.
Since arriving in America, Ogawa has worked with some of the biggest names in modern music including Yo-Yo Ma, Assad Brothers, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Romero Lubambo, Clarice Assad, Jaques Morelenbaum, Osvaldo Golijov, Benny Green, Eric Harland, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and more.
He is currently working on projects with Banda Magda, Bokantè, Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra, Clarice Assad, and the three-time Grammy Award-winning band, Snarky Puppy. He appears at the Cabrillo Festival on Sunday, August 6, during In the Blue Room with Clarice Assad.