Migiwa Miyajima, Miggy Augmented Orchestra, jazz, orchestra, big band, Birdland, NYC, Japan, concert

Miggy Augmented Orchestra Returns to Birdland

Miggy Augmented Orchestra

Sunday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.)

Birdland Jazz Club – 315 W. 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Admission: $30

Composer and pianist Migiwa Miyajima takes the stage to lead Miggy Augmented Orchestra, her 17-piece jazz orchestra that showcases her vibrant, original compositions. Miyajima’s music reflects the complexities and hues of her own journey, while her passion to “make the world a better place through music” instantly touches the heart of the listener.

The key to living a rich and meaningful life is continuous learning and fearless pursuit of one’s passion, and Miyajima exemplifies this. In the past she worked as a director of real estate ads, an IT engineer, and then an editor-in-chief of a travel magazine. But in 2004, at the age of 30, she decided to follow her true passion and become a musician. Five years later, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, a New York–based ensemble with more than a half-century-long history, recognized Miyajima’s talent and invited her to produce their Japan tour. In 2011 and 2014, she was nominated for a Grammy Award as associate producer of the orchestra’s albums.

In 2012, having received a Japanese government scholarship and a Japan-US Friendship Commission Fellowship, Miyajima moved to New York, studying with Jim McNeely and Mike Holober. She now leads big bands that play her compositions on both sides of the Pacific. In 2015, she arranged, produced, and played piano on Fly Free, an album by vocalist Yukiko Miyazaki. She became conductor and associate producer of the Slide Hampton Big Band in 2018.

Miyajima’s first appearance at Birdland was in 2017, the first female Japanese big band leader since Toshiko Akiyoshi left in 2003. Miggy Augmented Orchestra released its debut album, Colorful, from ArtistShare in September 2018.

Miggy Augmented Orchestra
Migiwa Miyajima Composer/Piano

Ben Kono
Alejandro Aviles
Quinsin Nachoff
Sam Dillon
Carl Maraghi

Mike Fahie
Jason Jackson
Jennifer Wharton
Douglas Purviance

Dan Urness
David Smith
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis

Guitar Pete McCann
Bass Evan Gregor
Drums Jared Schoni

There is a $10.00 food or drink minimum per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Birdland’s website.

Featured photo credit: Masa Tsujimura