TOMOYA "TOMO" OGAWA
TOMOYA OGAWA / 小川智也
Born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, Tomoya "Tomo" Ogawa is a guitarist/composer based in NYC. He studied jazz improvisation and music theory at Koyo conservatory of music in Kobe, Japan, then won “The best player award” in an in-school competition. He graduated magna cum laude and achieved a bachelor's degree in Jazz composition and guitar performance at Berklee College of Music in 2012. At there he studied Jazz composition with Greg Hopkins, Ken Pullig, and Bob Pilkington, and studied guitar with Tim Miller, Dave Gilmore, Brett Wilmott, and so on.
After he moved to NYC, he’s been active as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and guitarist in various styles of music including jazz, rock, R&B, Latin, and many others, and joined in a NY-based J-punk band "UZUHI". In 2013, he arranged and orchestrated a couple of songs for Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, which is led by Peter Cokkinias.
As a prominent guitar player Tomoya has performed with numerous outstanding musicians such as Tommy Campbell (Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins), Marko Djordjevic (Matt Garrison, Wayne Krantz, Bill Frisell), Jonathan Toscano (Omar Hakim, Rachel Z, Kurt Rosenwinkel), and many others.
Tomoya has been also touring along the east coast and Japan with an Art Rock band “Lotus Verry” as a founder and songwriter. They released an EP “Opacity” (2015), and a single “Flow” (2016). In 2018, the band contributed to a premiere event of “Poupelle in Chimney Town” written by Akihiro Nishino, a renowned Japanese picture book author/comedian. They were also invited to perform at Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC in April 2019.
In December 2021, Tomoya released a single EP "I wish I Could Melt Down into Your Heart" mixed by a 3x Grammy winning engineer, Denise Barbarita, and features Meg Johnston on vocal.
Currently Tomoya performs with various groups such as Quintic Function, Oto-logue, Groove Trapz, and some others.