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.

Dec 5, 2018 - Come and join our first concert! 

World Premier Concert of The NY Jazz Composers' Mosaic!

All the composers from NYJCM will world premier new music with 17 piece Mosaic Orchestra.

Dec 5, 2018
open 7:30pm start 8pm

The DiMenna Center 
450 West 37th Street, Suite 502 , New York, NY 10018
Ticket $32 

Get your seat here >>> http://bit.ly/NYJCM1205

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

Mosaic Orchestra

Ben Kono
Alejandro Aviles
Dan Pratt
Charles Pillow
Carl Maraghi

Mike Fahie
Nick Grinder
Jennifer Wharton

Brian Pareschi
John Lake
Mike Sailors 

Rhythm section 
Guitar Alex Goodman
Piano Adam Birnbaum
Bass Evan Gregor
Drums Chris Smith
Percussion TBT

Concert / Interview Inquiry 

(L-R)Rafael Piccolotto de Lima from Brazil, Jihye Lee from Korea, Migiwa Miyajima from Japan,

(L-R)Rafael Piccolotto de Lima from Brazil, Jihye Lee from Korea, Migiwa Miyajima from Japan,

Jihye Lee

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

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, the 2018 BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize, and Manny Albam Commission winner, is a New York-based jazz composer, bandleader, and vocalist. She released her first orchestra album, April, in February 2017, with special guest musician Sean Jones, garnering global praise as a fresh original voice on the jazz composition scene.
The Jihye Lee Orchestra has performed at various places in New York, such as Symphony Space, Jazz Gallery, etc. Lee has presented her music in Washington D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, and South Korea at notable venues, including the Berklee Performance Center, Birdland, Blue Whale, The Triple Door, Maria Callas Hall and DC JazzFest.
Lee graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music with numerous awards and scholarships, including the prestigious Duke Ellington Award, and learned from and worked with world-renowned faculty, such as Jim McNeely and Greg Hopkins. (146w)


Rafael Piccolotto de Lima

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

Nominated for the Latin Grammy as a classical composer at the age of 27, Rafael is a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Composition with a study in the amalgam of jazz and classical concert music. His awards include the George DukeCommissioning Competition (2016), ASMAC Pete Rugolo BIG BAND Arranging and Composing Competition (2015),ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award (2014 and 2015), a total of 13 Student DOWNBEAT Awards, JEN Student Showcase Award (2014), and ARS BRASILIS national arrangers contest (2012). As a composer and arranger he had works premiered and/or recorded by artists and ensembles such as the jazz legends Brad Melhdau (2017), Brian Lynch (2015), Gregory Porter (2014), Terence Blanchard and Chick Corea (2013), BMI New York Jazz Orchestra (2017), Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (Los Angeles, 2016), Symphony of the Americas (Miami, 2018), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba (Havana, 2016), Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo(Brazil, 2015-16), Metropole Orkest (Netherlands, 2014) and Costa Rica National Orchestra (2013-15).    (114 word)


Migiwa Miyajima

Credit: Hayato Sakurai  ---- Click to download hi-res version

Credit: Hayato Sakurai ---- Click to download hi-res version

"Hidden treasure of NY" - Slide Hampton

Migiwa’s career path began in Tokyo on a very different trajectory—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 become a musician. Five years later, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, a historic New York–based ensemble, recognized Migiwa’s talent and invited her to produce their Japan tour, which she has done every year since. She was associate producer for two Grammy Award nominated albums by the orchestra in 2011 and 2014. In 2012, having received a Japanese government scholarship and a Japan-US Friendship Commission Fellowship, Migiwa made her move to New York. She now leads her own big band, Miggy Augmented Orchestra. July 2017 marked Migiwa’s first appearance at Birdland. She was the first female Japanese big band leader to perform there since the legendary Toshiko Akiyoshi in 2003.  Her orchestra’s debut album Colorful will be released by ArtistShare in 2018. She also composes for various other artists and media outlets, such as, Steve Wilson, The Birdland Big Band, as well as nation-wide Japanese radio station - Nippon Hoso Broadcast. (200 words)