Kimo Muraki was born in Honolulu, Hawai'i, and spent many of his formative years in and around Boise, Idaho, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. He is currently based in Seattle where he has built his professional career as a performer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, arranger, private instructor, actor, live and studio musician actively recording for major labels and independent artists as well as his own original works. *STUDIO RESUME HERE*
Muraki is currently, or has been, a contributing member for bands/artists such as: Fences, Super Sonic Soul Pimps, The Maldives, Shaprece, Surrealized (among others), and is a founding member of Marmalade, the longest running funk/soul residency in the history of the Seattle music scene. Many of Muraki's studio credits involve collaborative work with renowned Grammy nominated producer, Ryan Hadlock.
Muraki performs in his own original projects as a composer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist.
These projects are:
"Kimo Muraki" (currently solo, former front man of the psych-folk ensemble “Tiny Messengers”) visit: kimomuraki.bandcamp.com
"Surrealized" (electro-synthpop) visit: surrealized.com
Among Muraki's original projects he has independently released four EP’s, three full length albums, and has shared the stage with artists such as St. Vincent, Bonobo, Yppah, Cotton Jones, Buffalo Tom, Langhorne Slim, Sophie Barker of Zero 7, Vic Chesnutt and many more. In October of 2015 Muraki performed at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony as a guest vocalist with Los Angeles based artist Shaprece.
During his career Muraki has performed at festivals all over the region including:
Doe Bay Fest, NW Folklife, Sasquatch Music Festival, Timber Music Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party, Bumbershoot, Decibel Festival, Noise Pop Festival, Summer Meltdown, APOG Fest, West Seattle Summer Fest, Fremont Solstice Festival, and more.
Before moving to Seattle, Muraki was a resident actor/musician at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival for seven consecutive years from 1993-2000 having begun his residency as a teenager while still in high school. Muraki was cast in dozens of productions throughout his residency including works by Tony Award winning director Bartlett Sher. Muraki relocated to Seattle following his residency and Sher subsequently became artistic director at Seattle's Intiman Theater where Muraki was again cast in two more Sher productions of Titus Andronicus and Richard III. He was most recently cast in “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Soul” – a musical by Seattle soul artist, Grace Love.
Kimo has also been a member of The Bushwick Book Club since 2013 having composed and performed numerous music and performance art pieces inspired by books.
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