About Matthew Santos & Takenobu
Matthew Santos has established himself as one of the most exceptional talents to emerge from the Chicago music scene in decades. With a voice consistently compared to that of the late Jeff Buckley and likened to a male version of Adele, he has been the subject of praise from such artists as Kimbra, Eddie Vedder, and John Legend. His highly acclaimed collaborations with Lupe Fiasco, for which he received two Grammy nominations, have served to broaden international awareness of Santos whose own style is a unique, homegrown hybrid touching on alternative/indie-rock/soul and folk genres. The Chicago Sun-Times recognized Santos as an artist who is “organic and soulful and moody, full of interesting musical ideas and dripping with serious vocal talent.”
Takenobu grew up in a rural town in Vermont where he started taking cello lessons at age 6. He trained classically until he was 18, when he started to branch out and began playing bluegrass, blues, and other non-traditional music for the cello. Takenobu spent a year living in Kyoto, Japan with his father, and during that time focused primarily on improving as a cellist and singer while exploring the city and its temples and other cultural wonders.
While in Kyoto he taught myself to sing and play at the same time, and began seriously writing music to this end. Takenobu has lived in New York, Philadelphia, Vancouver BC, and now Atlanta. He is always exploring new ways of using the rich sound and dynamic range of the cello to make new, interesting, and beautiful music.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“out-of-this-world voice… abundance of soul.” -Cornell Daily Sun
“He takes a driving beat and a pounding acoustic guitar and kneads it into something affirming and urgent.” -Baltimore Sun