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by Takenobu

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Ben Koehler
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Ben Koehler Takenobu proves that he is a one-man power house in this album. His vision of the album comes through in each piece, and the story of the boy in the peach (Momotaro) really brings the whole piece to life! The music and the story fit so well together, it feels to me as if one is the translation of the other, that they are two facets of the very same thing. Takenobu: master (musical) interpreter Favorite track: The Monkey.
Team Oktopus
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Team Oktopus Momotaro is in da house! Favorite track: Millet Dumplings.
Chris Scan
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Chris Scan I have a permanent woody for cellos outside of classical ensembles. Favorite track: Momotaro.
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andryanmiller Without fail, life is brighter after listening to "The Dog"–soaring and beautiful. Favorite track: The Dog.
Momotaro 03:14
The Dog 01:43
The Monkey 01:59
The Pheasant 01:49
Oni Island 03:54
The Battle 02:15


This is my original interpretive soundtrack for the story of Momotaro, the boy born from the peach. It is a Japanese traditional folk tale that I was read as a child. It's a heroic tale of Momotaro growing up and being joined by 3 animal companions to fight demons that have marauded his village.

All of the music is original and the whole piece was performed on the cello. Although there are "tracks" these are merely to indicate which part of the story the music is about, and the whole album flows as one continuous piece (although it won't in Bandcamp as the next song needs to load, but it's completely seamless if downloaded). The download also includes the full translation and adaptation of the story.

This is the first album I've completed since being able to do music full time thanks to the generous support of listeners like you. I hope you'll download the album and enjoy it, so that I can continue to make more music like this.


released December 6, 2011

All music written, performed, and produced by Nick Takenobu Ogawa
artwork by Iris Scott
Mastered at Glenn Schick Studios by Colin Leonard


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Takénobu is the moniker for independent cellist and composer Nick Ogawa's musical projects, encompassing both solo and band recordings.

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