3 Questions for Migiwa Miyajima [VIDEO]

In these short interviews I ask musicians and composers, from various backgrounds, the same three simple questions about music.
  1. Why do you have music in your life?
  2. How do you make music?
  3. What excites you musically right now?

I will be presenting these once a week over the next few months with local, national and international musicians and composers.

In this episode I’m talking to jazz composer and bandleader Migiwa Miyajima.

Migiwa ‘Miggy’ Miyajima is a jazz composer and leader of the passionately swinging 17-piece Miggy Augmented Orchestra, which released its ArtistShare debut Colorful in 2018. Miggy has worked with Slide Hampton and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and is the first Japanese big band leader to headline Birdland (in 2017) since the great Toshiko Akiyoshi in 2003. She was one of 60 inaugural recipients of the Jerome Foundations Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships as well as a 2015 finalist for the BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize. In 2018 she co-founded the New York Jazz Composers Mosaic, producing events that connect cultures from around the world.