Keita Ogawa,

percussion

Originally from Nagasaki, Japan, Keita is one of the most versatile and sought-after percussionist and drummers in New York City. Already a GRAMMY Award winner (Snarky Puppy) Keita began his music career on the drum set at the age of 15. After performing in Tokyo for several years, Keita was accepted into the 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 in the world of Brazilian percussion, Keita relocated to Rio de Janeiro for three months and studied with some of the country's most respected musicians including Jorginho do Pandeiro, Celsinho Silva, Kiko Freitas, and Marcio Bahia.

Keita has worked with some of the biggest names in modern music including Yo-Yo Ma, the Assad Brothers, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Romero Lubambo, Clarice Assad, Jaques Morelenbaum, Osvaldo Golijov, Les Nubians, Charlie Hunter, Benny Green, Eric Harland, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

In 2016 Keita composed the opening theme for a Japanese TV program called Hodo Station. He is involved in several projects including collaborations with Snarky Puppy, Banda Magda, Bokantè, Charlie Hunter, JSquad, Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra. In 2017 he became the Ambassador of Tourism of his hometown, Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan. He is endorsed by Canopus Drum, Meinl Percussion, Sabian Cymbal, Vic Firth, Evans Drumhead, Cooperman Company, Dem Sticks, Parka Percussion and Decora 43.