Kimo Muraki has spent most of his professional life in Seattle as a working multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, arranger, private instructor, actor, live and studio musician, actively recording for major labels and independent artists as a member of the Musicians’ Association of Seattle.
Muraki is currently, or has been, a contributing member for bands/artists such as: Super Sonic Soul Pimps, Fences, The Maldives, Shaprece, (among others), and is a founding member of Marmalade, the longest running funk/soul weekly residency in the history of the Seattle music scene.
Muraki performs in his own original projects as a composer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist. These projects are:
Solo as "Kimo Muraki" / “Tiny Messengers” (psych-folk) / “Surrealized” (electro-psych-pop).
Discographies can be found here:
Between the two he has independently released three EP’s, two full length albums, pending the release of another full length, 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 at venues from The Tractor to Neumos to Showbox Market including an Oct 2015 performance at Benaroya Hall with Seattle Symphony. Muraki has performed numerous times over the years at festivals all over the region including: Doe Bay Fest, NW Folklife, Summer Meltdown, Sasquatch Music Festival, Timber Music Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party, Bumbershoot, Decibel Festival, and was recently cast in “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Soul” – a musical by Grace Love. Kimo has also been a member of The Bushwick Book Club since 2013 having composed and performed numerous pieces inspired by books. Before moving to Seattle, Muraki was a resident actor/musician at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival for seven consecutive seasons from 1993-2000 having begun his residency as a teenager while still in high school.
Some of his most notable studio recording credits as an arranger/composer while also performing multiple instruments and vocals include:
• Vance Joy – Album “Dream Your Life Away” / Atlantic Records (backing vocals, sax, cornet, trombone, mellophone, baritone, flute)
• The Strumbellas – Album “We Still Move On Dance Floors” / Six Shooter Records ***WINNER of the 2014 JUNO AWARD for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (backing vocals, cornet, sax, banjo)
• Phillip Phillips – Single “Miles” / Interscope Records (guitar)
• Ewert And The Two Dragons – Album “Circles” / Warner Bros. Records / Sire Records (sax, flute, mellophone)
• Aqueduct – Album “Wild Knights” / independent (pedal steel, sax, cornet, trombone, flute, bass clarinet)
• Ed Harcourt – Album "Lustre" / Piano Wolf Recordings (cornet, sax, trombone)
• Shawn Smith – Album “The Diamond Hand” / Gator Records (backing vocals, guitar, sax)
• The Maldives – Album “Tequila/Someday” / Mt. Fuji Records (sax, cornet, trombone)
• Chef’Special – Single “In Your Arms” / Atlantic Records (backing vocals, sax, cornet, flute, trombone, mellophone)
• The Elwins - Album "And I Thank You" / Affairs Of The Heart Records (lap steel guitar, ukulele, trumpet, mellophone, sax, recorders)
• Catherine Britt – Album “Boneshaker” / Universal Music (backing vocals, ukulele, lap steel)
• Hudson Taylor – Album “Feel It Again EP” / Rubyworks Recods (backing vocals, sax, trombone, cornet, flute, mellophone)
• Cayucas – Album “Dancing At The Blue Lagoon” / Secretly Canadian (mellophone, cornet, baritone, sax)
• Soko – Album "I Thought I Was An Alien" / Babycat Records (trombone, sax, banjo)
• Four Leaves Project – Music documentary / Microsoft client (filmed doc featuring Emily Wells, Kimo Muraki, and other musicians. Filmed at Bear Creek Studios)
• Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever – Soundtrack song “Worst Time of The Year” / Palm Oaks Entertainment (sax)
Muraki also teaches private instruction for many different instruments as well as voice. In October 2015 Muraki became the sole talent buyer for High Dive, a 250 capacity music venue in Fremont, Seattle and a staple of the neighborhood. Kimo makes his full-time living as an active member of the music industry and community.