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ARAGAKI Mutsumi   

Okinawan classic vocal, vocal, sanshin, electronics, audio-visual, soundscapes, photos, paintings


She progressively integrates the deep groove and soul of Okinawan traditional music with contemporary sounds and visuals, and creates an authentic and avant-garde music. She was selected by one of the biggest world music expos WOMEX2021 as an Official Showcase Artist, the 6th from Japan, and the 1st solo artist from Okinawa. She released her first solo album “Another World Of Okinawan Music” which garnered positive reviews from around the world. It was selected by BBC Music Magazine as "The best world music recordings released in 2021 so far”. She performs in a solo setting, traditional music with electronics, as well as performing collaboratively with Jazz musicians. She studied under the school of two great maestros of Okinawan traditions, Fukuhara Chouki and Fukuhara Kyouko.


Media: Songlines Magazine, fRoots Magazines, BBC Music Magazine, WIRE Radio, Far Side Radio (UK), NHK World J-Melo (Japan)


Festivals: WOMEX 2021 (Portugal), Festival de FRUE 2022 (Japan), Hidden Kingdom World Music Festival 2021(online, Bhutan), Camera Japan 2019 (Japanese Film Festival, Netherlands), Nippon Connection 2019 (Japanese Film Festival, Germany), Earth Day Tokyo 2019, Bangkok Theater Festival 2018 (Thailand), New Narratives Film Festival 2016 (Taiwan), Jazz in Nanjo 2020 (Okinawa), Trans Asia Music Meeting (Okinawa). She participated in Asia Music Summit 2020 (online, Canada) as one of the musician panelists.

​©︎ 2021 Aragaki Mutsumi    ​Photo: Jae Hong Kim / Toma Fumiya (top page)
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