The Miggy Augmented Orchestra
Colorful by Migiwa Miyajima
Captain Miggy's Age of Discovery
Find the white line - inspiration on birds
The Hi Hat Man
Drops into the Sky - dedicated to Kumi Hoshika
Hope for Hope
An Ending - I love you
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. She stepped down as editor in chief of a magazine to become a musician at age of 30.
In 2011 and 2014, Migiwa Miyajima 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. The Colorful project will be her debut album in the USA.
Composer / Bandleader: Migiwa Miyajima
Trumpets and Flugelhorns: Dan Urness, David Smith, Matt Holman, Nadje Noordhuis
Trombones: John Mosca, Jason Jackson, Jennifer Wharton (bass trombone), Douglas Purviance (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: Jeb Patton (piano, except 2 and 9), Migiwa Miyajima (piano, on 2 and 9), Jared Schonig (drums), Pete McCann (guitar), Yosuke Terao (bass)
Guest player: Tomoko Nagashima from Orange Pekoe (voice)
Jay Messina; recording Engineer/ Mixing Engineer, Owen Mulholland; Assistant Recording Engineer / Assistant Mixing Engineer
Recorded at Sear Sound, NYC, USA on August 3 and 4, 2017
Mixed at on Sear Sound, NYC, USA on August 17,18, and 24, 2017
Greg Calbi; Mastering Engineer
Mastered at Sterling Sound, NYC, USA on August 25, 2017