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Migiwa Miyajima & Miggy Augmented Orchestra
Migiwa Miyajima and her 17 piece orchestra will be back in Birdland!

A story of inspiration.
Fearless pursuit of passion.

The key to living a rich and meaningful life is continuous learning and fearless pursuit of one's passion. Migiwa stepped down as editor in chief of a magazine to become a musician at age of 30.

In 2011 and 2014, she was associate producer for two Grammy Award nominated albums of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. After the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, she received a scholarship from the Japanese government to come to New York in 2012. There, she studied with Jim McNeely and Mike Holober. She went on to lead her orchestra at Birdland in 2017, as the first female Japanese big band leader since Toshiko Akiyoshi left in 2003. She became conductor and associate producer of the Slide Hampton Big Band in 2018.

Migiwa and Miggy Augmented Orchestra just released its debut album 'Colorful' from ArtistShare on Sep 6th, 2018.


The band
Composer/Piano/Bandleader: Migiwa Miyajima

Trumpets and Flugelhorns: Dan Urness, David Smith, Matt Holman, Nadje Noordhuis

Trombones: John Mosca, Jason Jackson, Jennifer Wharton (bass trombone)

Reeds: Ben Kono (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, clarinet)
Alejandro Aviles (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, clarinet)
Sam Dillon (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet)
Quinsin Nachoff (tenor saxophone, clarinet)
Carl Maraghi (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet)

Rhythm Section: Jared Schonig (drums), Pete McCann (guitar)
Voice: Tomoko Nagashima from Orange Pekoe