This intimate and listening room style concert brings together the talented Atlanta-based musical duo, Takénobu, to Charleston’s intellectual and cultural living room. Composed of cellist and composer Nick Ogawa, and violinist and vocalist Kathryn Koch, Takénobu will help turn the Library Society’s Main Reading Room into a space of positivity and relaxation through music. Celebrating their recently released album, Always Leave a Note, the duo will showcase their uniqueness of contemporary chamber-pop evolution while performing from their entire catalog of dreamy and dramatic instrumental pieces.
Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for guests. Free for students by calling the number listed below and showing a valid ID at check in.
To purchase tickets, click here or call 843-723-9912.
About Nick Ogawa and Kathryn Koch:
Ogawa and Koch—who share a love for music and animals—met a few years ago while working for the same dog-walking company (the only non-music job either has had in the past decade). In the one-room studio behind their house, this talented husband and wife wrote, produced, engineered and played every instrument on their newest Always Leave a Note album.
Two years ago “was an opportunity for self-awareness, to take a step back, and consider what really matters most,” Ogawa says. “But at the same time, it was so tragic and hard to reconcile—I could see all the suffering happening. I just feel fortunate that Kathryn and I were able to throw ourselves into making music and ultimately create something hopeful out of such a [COVID] dark period.”
Ogawa started playing the cello at age 6, writing songs in high school, and continued through his days at Pennsylvania Liberal Arts college Haverford. After graduation, he lived briefly in Japan and Vancouver before moving to New York to more seriously pursue music. In 2006, at 24, he won the Williamsburg Live Singer-Songwriter Contest, and used the prize money to finance 2007’s forlorn and meditative album Introduction, his first release as Takénobu. In addition to it being his middle name, the moniker is a combination of the Japanese Kanji of his father’s and grandfather’s names. Loosely translated, it means “iron will.”
To learn more about Ogawa and Koch check out these links below:
Youtube: youtube.com/takenobumusic ; “Got to Get By”