Takénobu is the moniker for Cellist and Composer Nick Takénobu Ogawa. His music can be heard on Pandora Internet Radio, NPR's Morning Edition, and in independent documentaries and films.
To date Takénobu has released 4 full length albums, all featuring original music. In live performance Nick is joined by violinist Brian Harper.
"Seeing Takénobu live is a visceral experience, as his skilled cello playing integrated with his smooth vocals take the listener to another place." - Kevin Triebsch, AXS.com
Nick grew up in rural Vermont and began taking cello lessons at the age of 6. He participated in state and regional youth orchestras through high school, and decided to move away from traditional classical music at the age of 18. In 2006 he won the Williamsburg Live Singer Songwriter contest in Brooklyn New York and put the grand prize money towards the independent release of his first album, "Introduction" in 2007. In 2008 he was featured on the PBS program "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour," which is syndicated to 497 different PBS affiliates throughout the US. Following this appearance his music began receiving increasing Pandora Internet Radio play, and currently has on average 1 million spins per month.
In addition to his own material, Ogawa has recorded cello for numerous artists, including Dessa, Lana Del Rey, Hey Ocean!, and has performed opening for Stephen Kellogg, Jason Mraz, Kishi Bashi, Balmorhea and more.