Rie

Akagi


Biography

By making the full use of her excellently trained classic background, Rie Akagi is the only female flutist in Japan who can perform salsa/latin jazz and soul jazz with a startling aggressiveness. Known to be the leading Caribbean Flutist for her “Magic Flute”, she has gained great reputation from the Caribbean Seas and around the world as one of the promising contemporary performers, ripe and blooming.

The Big Guys of the salsa world such as Tito Puente, Larry Hallow, Willie Colon or Michel Camilo, Dave Valentin from the jazz scene have all recognized the energetic performance and great technique of Rie Akagi.

She has performed at famous jazz festivals such as “The Concord Jazz Festival” in San Francisco, “Jazz Plaza in Cuba”, “Noche y Galería”, ”Carolina International Jazz Festival 2012” in Puerto Rico and has received a full standing ovation from the excited audience everywhere she went.

One opportunity, which made her name known outside Japan was the six months stay in Puerto Rico as a Culture Exchange member dispatched from the Japanese Government. Even though the stay was short, she actively performed in various occasions such as the Japan/Puerto Rico Friendship Concert held at the National Museum of Arts (co-sponsored by the Japanese Consulate in New York) or performing together with Luis Perico Ortiz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Cacheto Maldonado (Batacumbele & Los Majaderos), Pedro Guzman and many other top artists concerts or recordings.

In 1985, she made her first album debut. She has recorded up to now 17 albums, including the albums, Isla Verde (2011), The Promised Land (Isla del Encanto) (2002), Moon Island (Perla del Caribe) (2003), Café con Leche (2014), the producer of each of these albums was Luis “Perico” Ortiz / producer. The albums were recorded and distributed in Puerto Rico. Caribbean Flutes (Flautas Caribeña) (2007) had the participation of GRAMMY AWARDS® winner Michel Camilo who recorded two songs in New York.

Rie Akagi went to Puerto Rico to promote the Isla Verde album which was welcomed enthusiastically by the people and the media.

In 2020, Rie Akagi made her dream come true with her album La Flauta Mágica which was produced by Fania All Stars Legend, Larry Harlow, and it is sparking big sensation with latin lovers all over the world.
Furthermore, in 2003 and 2008 she made The U.S ~The Caribbean Seas tour with great success. Since then she has been performing periodically in and around Puerto Rico.

In 2005, she was a “Professora Invitada” at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico to give a lecture on Japanese Culture. She has also been invited as Professor for the Conservatorium of Music of Puerto Rico, founded by the late Pablo Cazals. Considering all the important duties she has worked upon with great effort, the UNESCO office in Puerto Rico awarded her for contributing deeply to cultural exchange among different regions. Her vital role between Japan and Puerto Rico has been highly evaluated and appreciated. Her approach towards music is borderless, take a look at her works in Japan.

Rie Akagi has formed a latin/soul jazz unit in 2006, and has also been experimenting with different units adding musical essence from India and Spanish flamenco. Not to mention performances in contemporary music and classical music, she shows her talents by writing and arranging songs .
She has written flute score books such as Flute Pieces by Rie Akagi (Ongaku-no-tomo-sha), Let’s Play the Flute (Ongaku-no-tomo-sha), and Easy Ways to Play the Flute (Seibido).
Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music, Wind and Percussion Instruments Course (Flute major).
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    LA FLAUTA MAGICA
  
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  • Executive producer: Akira “Bomba” Hara

    Produced by Larry Harlow
    Co-Producer: Andrea Brachfeld
    Musical directed by Larry Harlow & Akira “Bomba” Hara
    Co-Director: Andrea Brachfeld

    Recorded at Soundworks Recording Studio, Astoria, New York (December 2018)
    Recording Engineer: Kamilo Kratc
    Assistant Engineer: Sandra Kratc

    Mixed at Soundworks Recording Studio, Astoria, New York (March to June 2019)
    Mixed by Kamilo Kratc, Larry Harlow & Andrea Brachfeld
    Mastered by Masato Morisaki (Tiny Voice Production)

    - SONG CREDITS -
  • 1.Descarga – El Paso De Encarnación
    Words & Music: Richard Egües
    Arrangement: Rie Akagi

    Rie Akagi (Flute)
    Chembo Corniel (Conga, Bongo, Cowbell & Minor Percussion)
    Bobby Sanabria (Timbales & Cuban Guiro)
    Bill O’Connell (Piano)
    Ray Martinez (Baby Bass)
    Lewis Kahn (Violin)
    Luisito Rosario (Chorus)
    Emo Luciano (Chorus)
    Guest Artists:
    Andrea Brachfeld (Flute)
    Karen Joseph (Flute)
  • 2.In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
    Words & Music: Dickey Betts
    Arrangement: Rie Akagi & Akira “Bomba” Hara

    Rie Akagi (Flute)
    Chembo Corniel (Conga & Cowbell)
    Willie Martinez (Drums)
    Bobby Sanabria (Drums)
    Ruben Rodriguez (Bass)
    Bill O’Connell (Keyboards)
    Benjamin Lapidus (Electric Guitar)
  • 3.White Bird ~Vocal version~
    Words & Music: D. LaFlamme / L. LaFlamme
    Arrangement: Rie Akagi & Akira “Bomba” Hara
       
    Rie Akagi (Flute)
    Chembo Corniel (Congas & Minor Percussion)
    Bobby Sanabria (Drums)
    Ray Martinez (Baby Bass)
    Bill O’Connell (Piano)
    Benjamin Lapidus (Tres & Guitar)
    Guest Artist:
    Gabriela Anders “Belleza” (Vocal)
  • 4.The Smoke Rings & Wine
    Music: Ralph MacDonald / William Salter
    Arrangement: Rie Akagi

    Rie Akagi (Flute)
    Bill O’Connell (Piano)
  • 5.Syrtos
    Music: Greek Tradition
    Original arrangement: Yoshiteru Itho
    adaptation arrangement: Rie Akagi

    Rie Akagi (Flute)
  • 6.Misirlou
    Music: The Eastern Mediteranean Folk Song
    Arrangement: Rie Akagi & Akira “Bomba” Hara

    Rie Akagi: Flute & Accordion sound
    Chembo Corniel (Congas, Maraca & Minor Percussion)
    Willie Martinez (Drums)
    Ruben Rodriguez (Bass)
    Gilberto “Pulpo” Colon Jr. (Piano)
    Lewis Kahn (violin)
    Bobby Sanabria (Gong)
  • 7.La Cartera~Dedicated to Lewis Kahn~
    Words & Music: Arsenio Rodriguez
    Original Arrangement: Orchestra Harlow 1974
    adaptation arrangement: Rie Akagi

    Rie Akagi (Flute)
    Chembo Corniel (Congas, Bong, Cowbell, Quijada & Minor Percussion)
    Bobby Sanabria (Timbales & Cuban Guiro)
    Ray Martinez (Baby Bass)
    Bill O’Connell (Piano)
    Lewis Kahn (Violin)
    Luisito Rosario (Chorus)
    Emo Luciano (Chorus)
  • 8.SHI WA ZU
    Music : Rie Akagi
    Arrangement : Rie Akagi

    Rie Akagi (Flute)
    Chembo Corniel (Conga, Bongo & Cowbell)
    Willie Martinez (Timbales)
    Ruben Rodriguez (Bass)
    Gilberto “Pulpo” Colon (Piano)
  • ~Bonus track~
    9. White Bird ~Flute Version~

    Words & Music: D. LaFlamme & L. LaFlamme
    Arrangement: Rie Akagi & Akira “Bomba” Hara

    Rie Akagi (Flute)
    Chembo Corniel (Congas & Minor Percussion)
    Bobby Sanabria (Drums)
    Ray Martinez (Baby Bass)
    Bill O’Connell (Piano)
    Benjamin Lapidus (Tres & Guitar)

    Art Direction & Design: Seiji Yamagchi
    Photographs: Shinori Murayama (except snap photos in New York)
    Akira “Bomba” Hara (snap photos in New York)
    Hair & Make-up: Kouhi Andoh (Office Arai Takeo)

    Special thanks to ( in alphabetical order)
    Takeo Arai (Office Arai Takeo), Gina Gonzalez, Hiroki “Hulk” Itoh,
    Koichi Korenaga, Hachiro Mizutani, Azusa Morimura, Kazuko Nagao
    Chiemi Nakai, Capibara Sakuraba, Masashi Takahashi (Ahora Corporation)

    Very special thanks to Maria Del Carmen Harlow – Kahn

    Dedicated to Great Memories of Lewis Kahn and Angel “Cachete” Maldonado

    Manufactured by Creole Moon, Japan
    Distributed by Ahora Corporation: www.ahora-tyo.com
    Tel: +81 3 5336 6975
    Ⓟ&Ⓒ 2020, Creole Moon Ltd. Tokyo Japan
    Jasrac R-2021281TR
    Release date : June 1, 2020
    EAN : 4 525937 002652