Hello, and thank you for your interest in my music!

To listen to or download Takénobu albums please visit

About me: My name is Nick Takénobu Ogawa, and I’m a cellist and composer. I perform using my middle name  takenobu kanjiTakénobu, which means “Iron-Will” in Japanese. Takénobu is a traditional Japanese name that comes from the combination of the Kanji (Japanese characters) in my father and grandfather’s first names.

I grew up in a rural town in Vermont where I spent a lot of time playing in the woods with my dogs and started taking cello lessons when I was 6 years old. I trained classically until I was 18, when I started to get bored of traditional classical music, and I started to branch out and began playing bluegrass, blues, and other non-traditional music for the cello. When I was 20, I spent a year living in Kyoto Japan with my dad and during that time focused primarily on improving myself as a cellist, and singer, while exploring the city and its temples and other cultural wonders.

While in Kyoto I taught myself to sing and play at the same time, and began seriously writing music that I could perform. Since then I’ve lived  in New York, Philadelphia, Vancouver BC, and now Atlanta. I taught myself how to compose and produce music using Apple Logic recording software and a laptop, and I’m always exploring new ways of using the rich sound and dynamic range of the cello to make new, interesting, and beautiful music.

If you are new to my music, here are a couple of examples of the kind of music I make:

(Instrumental) Thursday:

(Instrumental) Exposition:

(Instrumental) The Voyage Home

(Cello with Vocals) Shady Grove:

If you like my music and are interested in buying it (which is very admirable of you!) you can purchase my albums directly from me, which is the best way to support me, as I make my living from my music:

Albums and individual songs from it are also available on TAKÉNOBU - Introduction. You can search for Artist: Takenobu and I’ll come up.

Pandora internet radio has been introducing me to a lot of new people, and that’s really incredible. It’s  amazing that there are so many people who make a conscious effort to support independent musicians. It’s because of this support that I can continue to make new music for people to enjoy. It’s as if each listener is an individual patron, helping me to come out with new and better music, and I think it’s a very mutually beneficial relationship.

If you are so inclined, you can also really help me out by promoting my music: Post a link to Takénobu tracks on your facebook, twitter, or blog. Or email a youtube video to your friends. Also, be sure to keep track of takenobu live shows and come out to see one!

Thanks for reading and listening, and for your support!

Nick Takénobu Ogawa

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Regina Camargo October 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Hi Takénobu,

I “discovered” your music while listening to Pandora. I really enjoy it; I find it fresh and unusual. I am married to an independent professional musician like yourself. Things are hard for artists in general right now. Keep up the creative work. The worlds needs it now more than ever. All the best, Regina

Brittany October 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I’ve been listening to your music for a few years now…Shady Grove popped up on my pandora station. I’ll never forget; those notes caught my attention so solidly that I put my paint brush down and just listened. As soon as it was over, I quickly searched for more of your music. To this moment, your beautiful songs are my muse when drawing and painting. I am curious if you’ve toured yet? Are you planning on touring? Thank you, from a fellow artist.
Brittany Quintero

Stephanie Alanis October 18, 2012 at 1:48 am

I was listening to pandora and your songs kept coming up, and I LOVE your music now(:
You are officially one of my stations on pandora!
I just wanted to say I appreciate your music and keep up the good work!

Cora October 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I stumbled over your music via Pandora on my Zoe Keating station (an avant cellist you may have heard of). I admire your work, your world is beautiful. So thank you! ~ Cora

Allen Cridlebaugh November 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I listened to your Shady Grove rendition because I’m just now learning the song. I thought your vocal was great. Maybe you could do more singing. I really like the sound of your voice. Anyway, I just thought I’d say that the voice is good.

Thanks, Allen Cridlebaugh

Carin Heidelbach November 30, 2012 at 1:27 am

Wow. I am so amazed by your music. I can feel a story in so many if your songs. I am a theatre director and I can see you doing soundtracks for film and theatre. Just beautiful. You have really moved me tonight.

Benyavut December 17, 2012 at 12:59 am

Exposition was the first piece I heard from Takenobu. It was beautiful and captivating. Interested in more, I searched on youtube and was fortunate enough to find another version, After that I found this site, and downloaded all the Albums without listening to the songs. I have been listening to them everyday ever since, and never disappointed.

claudia December 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

Wonderful to find your music, and yes it was via Pandora. The above tracks are also greatly mastered and sharp sounding, speaking from someone who works with headphones on all day that is great to hear! Your work has joined that of Zoe Keating on my continuous to-day cello playlist. Thank you :)

Alex December 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm

It took awhile for me to actually find you, but man, you’re music is good. I’ve been playing the cello for a few months now and love it. It’s music like yours that keeps me inspired to keep at it. So thanks man, keep it up.

Barbara January 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Your music came up today on my “Ashokan Farewell” station. Enjoyable. Just bought “2 Cellos” for Xmas, but yours is now on my buy list.

David Hartsough January 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I love your music and have been listening to it all the time ever since I discovered you on Pandora. I hope you will continue to play and create more beautiful music.

Molly Cheek January 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Wow! Your music is so beautiful and inspiring! I first heard it through Pandora and just bought your album. Do you tour?

Daniel January 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Keep up the good work! I am one of those people who heard your music through Pandora, and I really enjoy it.

Trisha Adams January 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

I watched a video of Iris Scott painting accompanied by your music. Your music was so beautiful I had to search you out to tell you so. Thank you!

Kettie Desvallons January 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I didn’t know I liked Japanese instrumental music until I discovered Takénobu :)

Chris February 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Please, please, please put your music on vinyl.

Marisela Yanez February 11, 2013 at 2:01 am

You’re music is truly amazing. Once I started listening to your unique style it was hard to stop.

Please have a show in California so I could attend.

Lana Svitankova aka Houkiboshi February 12, 2013 at 3:53 am

Recently’ve stumbled on “Method and the Masses” on Youtube. Your music is amazing, thanks for it, really. Have bought Exposition and Climactica on Sunday and been enjoying since. Thanks a lot once again and keep playing!

Brian "Lil b" Perez February 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I came across your music and eventually your site from this flash game: that was posted on

Very glad I played through it and discovered your music because i’m absolutely adoring it at the moment. Just wanted to say thank you for composing such beautiful and touching tracks. I’m a dancer and I would love to one day use one of your songs for a performance if possible =).

Your new fan,

Thomas Logan February 26, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I heard your music (Neverland) on Pandora and I looked at your website and listened to more songs… I LOVE IT!!! I’ve been playing the cello since I was 5 years old and I’m 10 now and I hope to try to play some of your music.

kristina March 3, 2013 at 1:26 am

Please come to Seattle!!!

Calig March 6, 2013 at 11:54 pm

You are blowing my mind. I heard Fishin’ on Pandora this morning and I immediately fell in love. Then I heard To the Stars and fell harder. I don’t think I’ve ever taken to a musician so quickly before. I’ll definitely be supporting you and buying your albums. If you ever get the opportunity, please play in Salt Lake City!

Akbar March 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm


I also found you through Pandora, and this is great music! Keep it up, I listen to this as I work.


Hummingbird Momma May 17, 2013 at 7:28 am

I also discovered your music on Pandora. I enjoy your style very much; it catches my attention and makes me pause in my work to just listen and soak it up. My son took cello in school and played until 10th grade when competition burned him out. Now years later he is back to ‘messing around’ with it again. For his birthday I’m purchasing your Exposition album for him.

Eric May 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Found you through Pandora, and I’m so glad I did!


Cody Repine June 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Your sense of melodic development far surpasses anything found in popular mainstream music culture. It’s sometimes reminiscent of Late Romantic-style music, while always remaining distinctly modern.

I listen solely to classical and indie music with very few exceptions. This does not stem from any sort of elitism, but I enjoy some semblance of diverse harmony. For that reason your use of sequences refreshes me; You always seem to know when enough repetition is enough.

I hope you continue to create beautiful music for a long time. Momotaro is my favorite album of yours, and I would love to hear more like it.

Britt September 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I too found you on Pandora. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your music–please keep making beautiful art for the world to enjoy! I’m not a lover of classical music per se, but your interpretation (and that of other musicians like you) has converted me. Thank you!

Marshall November 28, 2013 at 3:29 am

Your music has so much soul and beauty behind it that sometimes I find myself listening to it for days. You are a truly gifted musician and I hope you continue to make such magnificent music in the future. Thank you so much!

Devin December 16, 2013 at 12:37 am

Your music is just beyond stunning!

Sawyer Volyn December 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Just thought I should leave a comment to tell you how much I appreciate your music. The richness of the cello and the unique flow and tempo of your music (especially in songs like “Fishin’”) together make something the likes of which I have never heard before. I wish you the best of luck and I hope that your music grants you the success that you deserve.

abdul j. December 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm

I’d heard of you earlier and had to do a little digging to re-find you again! Linked to your albums on my blog, hope you enjoy all the success that comes your way.

Mannclay December 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Another Pandora catch!

Takénobu, this is wonderful music, brah…calming and exhilarating. Thank you for sharing it with us. Good luck continuing music and the capability of sharing it independently.

katerose December 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I’ll echo prior posts – Please come to Seattle!

Nellie Stadtherr January 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

WOW! I just discovered you. In love… your music is absolutely beautiful. Filled my eyes with tears. Thank you!!!!

Ryan January 18, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Found you on Pandora – I am thoroughly impressed! Thanks for creating your music for the world to hear.

Michelle Miller January 28, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Just discovered your music on Pandora – absolutely in love. What an amazing and unique sound you have. Keep it coming!

Jmaes Filkins January 29, 2014 at 6:33 am

Just discovered your music through NPR . . . Your Momotaro CD is in heavy rotation right now in my living room and automobile!
What a unique sonic tapestry you weave with your cello.
I am looking forward to discovering more of your music.
With wishes of glad tidings and cheer,

Ariana January 29, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Hi Takenobu! I really admire your style and music. You have now just became one of my favorites(due to Pandora). As a twelve year old cellist, you’re just another inspiration. I LOVE that you make your own music also! I love the Piano Guys, but they seem to only do covers which makes you different and that is simply amazing. And I really do know what it feels like to be different and I love it. Please keep making more music and I will be sure to buy it. I enjoy your style and the way your music makes me feel. P.S. my favorite of yours is Thursday, I can’t get it out of my head!

Vasily February 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm

You’re music is awesome. Feels like the beating of a heart with the natural highs and lows. Truly unique and inspiring.

Nick P February 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Thank you for the wondrous textures and melodies. The subtle and unassuming spirit of your music makes it like an old friend.

ambrlyn April 12, 2014 at 8:01 am

I just recently discovered you thru BandoftheDay App you were featured after Linnea Olsson (at the end of her, in the section of Sounds similar to the featured band), which I liked her & don’t always check out the 4 bands at the end but was busy just listening on my iPhone & you just started playing with Fight To Make it Up & Exposition, Excuse Me & Shady Grove! Wow!! I’m so happy I just kept on listening!! I think your music is Amazing, Fabulous!!! I’m addicted & as usual will be spreading your name/tunes all over music Apps, Twitter, FB as always when I find new great tunes/bands!! I’m mainly an Alternative Rock, Indie, Folk, Alt., any type music & with a lil age am starting to enjoy so many more instruments than I used to & I guess many great artists are experimenting in all types of music & instruments, Thank God! Cause you & artists like you are enriching my love of music like you wouldn’t believe, so Thanks, Thanks So Much!! You’re fab., & I look forward to being a loyal fan & looking forward to any future recordings! ????

Jan May 12, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Hi mate, I discovered your music in a cafe in Mullumbimby, Australia! Awesome. Exactly what I was looking for. I love cello music and adore the eclectic stuff you do with it. I hope you’ll come and tour Oz one time? Maybe come to the Bluesfest in Byron Bay (April 2015)


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