Born in 1982 in Nagasaki, Japan, Keita Ogawa can play virtually any percussion instrument with musicality and fluency. He started as a drummer at age 15 in Japan, but was always interested in learning the musical styles of other countries. He attended Berklee College of Music in fall 2005, studying with Manuel “Egui” Castrillo, Jamey Haddad, Tito De Gracia, David Rosado and Mark Walker. Ogawa also traveled to Rio de Janeiro to study Brazilian music with musicians such as Jorginho do Pandeiro, Celsinho Silva, Kiko Freitas, Marcio Bahia and others.
Now based in New York, Ogawa has worked with many great artists since moving to the United States, including Yo-Yo Ma, Osvaldo Golijov, Danilo Perez, George Duke, Christian McBride, Terri Lyne Carrington, Cyro Baptista, Jamey Haddad, Tiger Okoshi, John Lockwood, Mark Walker and Fernando Brandao.
Ogawa has a real talent for transcending musical borders by bringing together different musical styles, and does it all “with a smile and an open heart.”