Satoshi Takeishi was born in Mito, Japan (as was his brother, the electric bassist Stomu Tekeishi). He studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and during this time began to deal with Latin American music, eventually moving to Columbia. In 1986 he returned to the United States and initially lived in Miami, where he worked as an arranger. In 1987 he co-produced Néstor Torres’ album Morning Ride. In the following years, he explored the music of the Middle East and studied with Joe Zeytoonian. From 1991 he lived in New York and worked as a musician e.g., Starring Ray Barretto, Patato Valdes, Eliane Elias, Eddie Gomez, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, Herbie Mann, Paul Winter, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Erik Friedlander, and Sam Newsome. He was also a member of Hans Tammen’s Third Eye Orchestra.