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#76 Keita Ogawa- Percussionist for Charlie Hunter, Snarky Puppy, Banda Magda and More!

#76 Keita Ogawa- Percussionist for Charlie Hunter, Snarky Puppy, Banda Magda and More!

Keita Ogawa is featured this week. Keita has worked with some of the biggest names in modern music including Yo-yo-ma, Assad Brothers, Charlie Hunter, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Le Nubians, Romero Lubambo, Clarice Assad, Jaques Morelenbaum, Osvaldo Golijov, Eric Harland, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and more. He also played and composed music called “Starting Five” with “J-Squad” (New York based 5 Japanese Jazz Musicians) for one of big National Japanese News TV Program called “Hōdō Station” since April 2016. Currently he works several projects like, Snarky puppy, J-Squad, Banda Magda, Bokantè, Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra, Clarice Assad and more.

As mentioned, we took some photos in Keita's studio. He mentions in the interview that he always leaves room in his suitcase to come home with new instruments and sounds to add to his arsenal. 


Our Educational Spotlight for this week.....

The Spirit Winter Percussion group out of Cape Cod, MA is having their Drum With Us percussion camps Starting in July. If you are interested and would like more info, CLICK HERE

Also, the Rhythm Sound and Magic camp hosted by Billy Martin and Cyro Baptista is happening June 18-22 2018 at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. There are still some spots available!

The Henry Cole video he talked about is now out and public. You can watch the video for his project Villa Locura performing El Diablo, featuring TIto Allen below.....

The eatery Marcos mentioned in Boston, La Verdad has been reported closed permanently by Yelp! HOWEVER, the eatery Damon mentioned in Los Angeles is alive and well and open for business. It is called Guisado's and is right near Dodger's Stadium. 

Our iconic recording this week is by Grizel Del Valle (Cha Chi) & Bryan Camp. It is called "Dejate Ver"


If you would still like to help Puerto Rico, you can go to Unidos Por Puerto Rico or click THIS LINK for other ways to help.

Music News for this week..... 

Spotify Drops ‘Hate Conduct’ Policy for Artist Promotions After Controversy. Spotify is also going to start "signing" new artists to feature them on their platform. 4 myths that can be debunked about succeeding in the music industry. 13 Critical Things To Do Before You Quit Your Day Job, if you are looking to start a business (being a self employed musician is also a business-the business of you! AKA not just a musician, a you-sician). Snapchat has just integrated SeatGeek, allowing users to purchase tickets to sporting events and concerts. Tony Award winners and highlights can be found HERE. Vocalist Ariana Grande and Comedian Pete Davidson are engaged. When it comes to discovering music, most people eventually hit a point of “musical paralysis.” In fact, researchers have now pinpointed the exact moment when it’s likely to occur.

While at Berklee, Keita studied with Jamey Haddad and (friend of the show) Eguie Castrillo

If you're wondering about the Japanese migration Keita talks about with regard to Brazil, you can click HERE for more info. 

Keita enjoys Choro music from Brazil, but in addition to that style, here are some other genres from the same country you should check out too! Even if you can't speak Portuguese, this tutorial will help you understand the pandeiro part of chorinho music. Here's an example of the Afro-Brazilian style Candomblé

In one of Keita's hybrid set ups, he uses the calabash from Mali, which is basically a large gourd. He also uses the Porkestra.....


Keita is really good friends with Marcelo Woloski (friend of the show) and they both play together as well as subbing for each other in bands like Banda Magda and Snarky Puppy. 

Keita mentions the group Bokante feat three guitars and three percussionists (Keita, Jamey Haddad and Andre Ferrari).

In Keita's stickbag he has knitting needles in addition to drumsticks and also some Dem'Sticks by Dave Demmings.........


Keita has been listening to Marcelo Woloski's new release, Maria João & Mário Laginha's album "Tralha"

You can follow Keita on his Website, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Keita uses Latin Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Canopus Drums, Cooperman Frame Drums, Parka Percussion, Dem'sticks, Vic Firth Sticks & Evans Drumheads

#77 Aaron Draper & Devin Webster- Eminem's Powerhouse Percussion Section!

#77 Aaron Draper & Devin Webster- Eminem's Powerhouse Percussion Section!

#75 Kahlil Cummings- Percussionist for Kamasi Washington, Capoeirista and More!

#75 Kahlil Cummings- Percussionist for Kamasi Washington, Capoeirista and More!