Miho Hazama is one of the most promising composers, arrangers and conductors of her generation and a real breath of fresh air in the world of Big Band music.
Hazama, born in Tokyo, graduated in Classical Music at the Kunitachi College of Music and later completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.
On her first album, Journey to Journey (2013), she composed 8 tracks, and she conducted m_unit, a chamber orchestra comprised mainly of musicians who had studied with her at the Manhattan School of Music. Subsequently she released two more albums conducting this same ensemble with which she has played for years: Time River (2015) and Dancer in Nowhere (2019). In all she has already released 6 albums; on her latest album, Imaginary Visions (2021), she conducts the Danish Radio Big Band.
Throughout her career she has covered three areas: composing, arranging and conducting. As a composer she has written music for the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ashley Bouder Project Ballet Company, and the Yamaha Symphonic Band… As a conductor she has worked with the aforementioned Danish Radio Big Band, the Metropole Orkeste, the WDR Big Band, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra… And as an arranger she has collaborated with Ruichi Sakamoto, Vince Mendoza, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Shiro Sagisu…
Hazama’s music is imaginative, pulsating, expressive, full of unexpected twists, exciting and impressive. The ensembles she conducts do not follow the path of a traditional big band; Hazama prefers them to travel through landscapes in which her own sensibility and aesthetics are brought to the fore, maintaining the difficult balance between complexity and clarity.
Hazama will conduct the Musikene Big Band and will offer us a selection of original compositions and arrangements. This will take place at the Trinitate Plaza, the same venue where Maria Schneider, one of Miho Hazama’s greatest influences, performed at the 54th edition of Jazzaldia.