As one of the most promising and talented composers/arrangers of her generation, Miho has been lauded in Downbeat as one of “25 for the future”.
Over the last three albums Miho has developed her signature jazz chamber orchestra “m_unit”, which has led her to work with some of the biggest names in Jazz including Joshua Redman, Lionel Loueke, Stefon Harris, and Gil Goldstein.
In Autumn 2021 she will release her new album with Danish Radio Big Band of which she is currently chief conductor. For Miho, this new album represents a new era as part of a growing and blossoming international career, as she explains:
“This is a significant milestone-moment for me. Since I’m from classical music background, my brain sound has been more symphonic. That’s why, writing for big band had been always challenging. However, the DR Big Band changed my perspective to big band sound. They are so open and enthusiastic to new music, and yet, they can play diverse music with organic flow. After a couple of years working with them, I became to think that whenever I record my original music with a big band for the first time, that has to be with the DR Big Band.
Since making a new album of original music with the DRBB is a new challenge to me, I was hoping to have its own brand for the release. When I talked with the CEO of Edition Records, I was touched to meet someone seeking a vision of our artistic future. I couldn’t be happier. It is a huge honor to join the Edition Records team, and I am extremely excited to work on this album”.
Dave Stapleton, head of Edition, said: “We are very excited to be working with Miho on her new album with the Danish Radio Big Band. Miho is a hugely exciting artist, one that we feel can build a very strong international career as a composer, conductor and arranger. As a Japanese artist, living in New York and working in Europe, she epitomises what an international artist is. To combine that with her creativity, humility and sense of collaboration is an exciting prospect”.
Miho’s debut album ‘Journey to Journey’ received the Jazz JAPAN rising star award, and she has been featured in such influential publications as Downbeat, The New York Times, NPR and JazzTimes among others.
In 2019, Miho took up a post as the chief conductor of Danish Radio Big Band after Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer and Jim McNeely, to name a few. Besides DR Big Band, Miho became a permanent guest conductor of Metropole Orkest alongside Vince Mendoza and Jules Buckley in 2020. She has also worked as a conductor with WDR Big Band, New York Jazzharmonic and Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, to name a few.
As an arranger, Miho has worked for many ensembles for concerts, recordings, television and film, including Metropole Orkest, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Vince Mendoza, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Shiro Sagisu and many more.
Miho’s awards and honors include the Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize (2015), 24th Idemitsu Music Award (2014), ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award (2011), she was a Scholarship Recipient of the Manhattan School of Music (2010). Miho has a degree in classical composition from the Kunitachi College of Music and a masters degree in jazz composition from the Manhattan School of Music, and was honored by the Scholarship Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs.
“…quickly became a talked-about writer and arranger.” – The New York Times
“…classy large ensemble that keeps the listener guessing and enchanted…something is always lurking and ready to pounce; then skitter away again.” – Jazz Times
“At a time when orchestral jazz is either ultra-polished, exceedingly highbrow, or a pedestrian pandering to sentimental tastes of yore, Hazama’s boldly organic and singularly exciting collective is a breath of fresh air. Her uncanny ability to remain intellectually stimulating and vibrantly spirited is what makes her work singularly innovative.” – All About Jazz