Drummer and Percussionist, Chikara Kitagawa was born in Osaka, Japan in 1983, raised in Kobe, and started playing the drums at the age 14 at Popular Music School (YAMAHA). He studied basic drum techniques from his private teacher at YAMAHA for four years. At the age of 18 he enrolled in the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe, which is renowned as Berklee International Network and experienced various styles of music. In 2003 he was awarded the World Tour Scholarship of Berklee College of Music while attending the Koyo Conservatory.

In 2004, Chikara moved into the United States and began studies at Berklee College of Music in professional major. He studied the drums with Tony "Thunder" Smith and Mark Walker and experienced numerous recordings and performances with talented musicians.

In 2005, Chikara moved into New York to attend a conservatory for rhythm instrumentalists, The Collective. When he studied with Ian Froman at The Collective, he was greatly influenced by Froman's astonishing jazz drumming and he seriously started studying Jazz.

In early 2006, Chikara started his career as a professional drummer. He has performed with Yaz Band (Jazz), Takaya Kawasaki Band (Pops), Frankie & Paul (Acoustic), Giovanni Suquillo Group (Latin), Dorian Spencer (Rock & Pops), Fiama (Brazilian), Mississippi Delta Blues (Blues), Mecca Bodega (Dance) and more.

As an educator, he is teaching the drums twice a week at music school Talent Under One Roof, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, he has gigged and recorded at various New York venues and has performed with numerous musicians.

Videos

With Giovanni Suquillo


With Floyd Lee


With Fiama