Migiwa Miyajima & Miggy Augmented Orchestra
About Migiwa Miyajima
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. Migiwa stepped down as editor in chief of a magazine to become a musician at age of 30.
In 2011 and 2014, she 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.