Atlanta-based cellist and composer Takénobu (aka Nick Takénobu Ogawa) chose his middle name as his stage name. The composer for NPR’s Invisibilia, Last Chance U, and 42 Grams, Takénobu is joined by Kathryn Koch, a renowned violinist who holds a Masters degree in Violin Performance and regularly performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Takénobu hails from rural Vermont, where he started taking cello lessons at the ripe age of 6. In 2006, one year after graduating from Haverford College, he won the esteemed Williamsburg Live Singer Songwriter Contest in Brooklyn. Takénobu decided to use the grand prize money to independently release his first album, Introduction, in 2007. Since then, he’s released 6 albums to date and amassed more than one million plays on Pandora.
“I’ve been lookin’ back
To all the times we had
It wasn’t so bad
It wasn’t half bad.”
His latest single, “Nobody Said,” is reminiscent of Andrew Bird, Wilco, and The Lemon Twigs. The track strikes a chord emotionally, featuring catchy major/minor-harmonies, bright strings, and mindfully written lyrics.
You can see Takénobu perform live at Rockwood Music Hall on Saturday, August 17th. Until then, stream “Nobody Said” here: