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Portrait of musician and writer Katherine Whatley

I am a Japan based musician, artist and researcher.

I am a koto musician (13 string Japanese traditional transverse harp) and my musical interests include free jazz and improvised music, improvised music in the context of non-Western and folk musics, and Japanese jazz. I also have classical koto training. 

I write mainly about Japanese music, art and culture. My work has been featured in the BBC, Japan Times, Artsy, Hyperallergic, WeTransfer, Point of Departure, among others. I've also done research work for NPR, CNN, New York Times as well as many academics and artists working on Japan.

In addition, I am a PhD student at Stanford University in the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department. My research interests include musical motifs in Heian literature, East Asian music, the intersection of gender and music, and transcultural exchange.

I am always looking for new opportunities. Please contact me with any and all music, writing, translation, editing and interpretation projects, as well as musical opportunities.


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