NY Jazz Composers' Mosaic
Embracing differences through music to inspire a better future.

Founded by three New York-based composers, Jihye Lee (South Korea), Rafael Piccolotto de Lima (Brazil) and Migiwa Miyajima (Japan), the Composers' Mosaic produces events that connect cultures from around the world through jazz, an American art form. We believe jazz inspires us to understand the beauty of diversity and it will lead us to the better future.

This is an extraordinary example of what art can do and how artists are shaping our society. ”

— Doris Rothauer, Art manager and impact consultant, Author of “Vision & Strategy: Strategic Thinking for Creative and Social Entrepreneurs”

Next concert 


Thur, Aug 8th, 2019 open 7:30pm start 8:00pm @ DiMenna Center

NY Jazz Composers' Mosaic is now showcasing traditional dances from Brazil, South Korea and Japan through jazz music performed by The Mosaic Orchestra!


Concert / Interview Inquiry 

Composers; Rafael Piccolotto de Lima (from Brazil), Jihye Lee (from Korea), Migiwa Miyajima (from Japan)

Dancers; Kyo Kasumi, Sayuri Tanabe (Tate Hatoryu, from Japan), Song Hee Lee (from Korea), Sabrina Evangelista (from Brazil) 

Mosaic Orchestra; Reeds Ben Kono, Alejandro Aviles, Dan Pratt, Jeremy Powell, Carl Maraghi  Trombones Mike Fahie, James Burton Ⅲ, Nick Grinder, Ron Wilkins Trumpets Brian Pareschi, John Lake, David Smith, Alex Norris Rhythm section Adam Birnbaum Piano, Sebastian Noelle Guitar, Evan Gregor Bass, Rogerio Boccato Percussion


Jihye Lee

Credit : Mose Kwon ---- Click to download hi-res version

Jihye Lee is emerging as a strong voice in the 'next generation' of composers for large jazz ensemble.  Her music is imaginative and creative.  And she's not afraid to take some exciting chances in her writing.  I strongly urge you to check her out!"      - Jim McNeely-

Jihye Lee is a New York-based jazz composer and bandleader. 
She was an indie pop singer-songwriter in South Korea. Feeling that something was missing, Lee followed her curious heart and embarked for uncharted waters in 2011. She studied at the Berklee College of Music where she was introduced to big band music for the first time in her life, leading her to forge a whole new path in jazz composition. Soon after, she would receive the prestigious Duke Ellington Award for two consecutive years along with other scholarships and honors, confirming her hidden ability. 
After graduating from Berklee, Lee organized a successful crowdfunding campaign for her first big band album, April, which was co-produced by Greg Hopkins and recorded with musicians consisting of other Berklee faculty and professionals from the Boston area. In 2015, with generous funding from school scholarships and the CJ Cultural Foundation, Lee finally moved to New York to study with Jim McNeely at the Manhattan School of Music. 
Lee released her album, April, in 2017, garnering global praise as a fresh original voice on the jazz composition scene. She has presented her music in the United States and Asia at various venues and festivals including the DC JazzFest. 
The BMI Foundation awarded Lee with the Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize in 2018. Recently, she has written music for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz. She is currently working on her second album. (240w)


Rafael Piccolotto de Lima

Migiwa Miyajima