ARAGAKI Mutsumi   

Okinawan classic vocal, vocal, sanshin, electronics, audiovisual, songwrite, arrange

Graduated Osaka University of Foreign Studies (Swahili). 


She progressively integrates the deep Okinawan Groove and Soul of the Okinawan traditional music with the contemporary sound and visuals, and creates the unique avant-garde music. She is a second-generation pupil of the Okinawan music maestros FUKUHARA Chouki, FUKUHARA Kyouko.

Media featured; 

Leading magazines of world music from the UK, SONGLiNES, and fRoots (music journalist John Potter), Far Side Radio in the UK (music journalist Paul Fisher), NHK WORLD (national TV) Japanese culture broadcasting program, J-MELO (music journalist HAGINO Kazumasa), Basque film "Margolaria".

 

Joint performance; 

the ex-guitarist of Salif Keita and a Kora player Mamadou Doumbia (Mali), Avant-garde jazz band KgK (Okinawa), Pascal Plantinga (Netherlands), HASUNUMA Shuta (Japan), TURTLE ISLAND guitarist CazU-23 (Japan), folk singer-songwriter Mikel Urdangarin (Basque), Improvisation drummer Roger Turner (UK), GURU GURU drummer Mani Neumeier (Germany).

Festival; 

​Camera Japan Festival 2019 (Japanese Filmfestival, Rotterdam, Netherlands), Nippon Connection 2019 ( Japanese Filmfestival, Frankfurt, Germany), Earth Day Tokyo 2019,2016 New Narratives Film Festival (Taiwan), Trans Asia Music Meeting (Okinawa).

 

Her original song "Spinnin' Around?" was nominated on the audition segment of RADIO SAKAMOTO, Sakamoto Ryuichi's radio program, and its performance video was also selected for streaming at SXSW2016(US). Her another original song “Too Much Love” was selected for the production "the Drumming”, Okinawa Prefecture Culture Promotion Association production, stage director Hirata Daiichi, music director Miyazawa Kazufumi. Her 3 tracks were selected for “Music from Okinawa”, Okinawan music sample CD that was distributed at WOMEX, one of the biggest world music expos. Her solo video ranked 2nd on the world chart of the world music site Ethnocloud. 

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