Mimika Orchestra (UK/Croatia)
was founded in London in 2010 by the Croatian composer and saxophonist Mak Murtic. It has been dubbed as London's trans-idiomatic, alternative world jazz orchestras.
This new performance centres around the 19th Century Balkans and follows a protagonist through his life journey which parallels the ancient cyclical view of the world. The music draws from narratives in archaic South Slavic languages, folk music from the region, to contemporary jazz and comparisons ranging from Sun Ra, Tigran Hamasyan to Ivo Papasov.
Mimika played at the London Jazz Festivals 2012/14/15, Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2014 (Winners of the Jazz FM Discovery Competition), Latitude Festival, Olympic & Paralympic Festivals, and renowned London venues such as The Vortex Jazz Club, RichMix, Bussey Building, The Forge, Union Chapel, Courtyard Theatre, and is hosting a monthly residency at the Spice of Life in Soho. The Orchestra has been featured on BBC Radio, Jazz FM, major European Radio Stations via the European Broadcasting Union and HR3 - Croatian national radio dedicated to culture, jazz & classical music.
From Scratch to Structure (World Music Records, London, 2012) - performed by Mimika, composed by Mak Murtic
A Place Glowing a Brilliant Red (World Music Records, London, 2015) - performed by Mimika, composed by Mak
Antarctica and Other Destinations (World Music Records, London, 2015) - performed by the Croatian Radio Television Jazz Orchestra feat. Maja Rivic & Anabela Baric, composed by Mak Murtic.