London, Britain (UK)
CURRENTLY MIXING THE NEW ALBUM "A PLACE GLOWING A BRILLIANT RED". THE SINGLE IS ALREADY HERE AND FREE TO DOWNLOAD. KEEP LISTENING
MIMIKA Mak Murtic Ensemble was formed in late 2010 by the young London-based Croatian composer and saxophonist Mak Murtic.
The Ensemble performs Murtic's original music which to date consists of two extended musical suites in which key universal human themes are explored through music. From Scratch to Structure is about the rise of agriculture and development of civilizations across the planet; an historic look at our own shared worldwide heritage, while A Place Glowing a Brilliant Red imagines future generations' migration beyond Earth - specifically the economic and social struggles involved in settling planet Mars. It poses a question about the very future of humankind.
Both are jazz suites, each showcasing their storyline with their own particular set of underlying styles, grooves and harmonic structures, via trying to showcase the storylines in the best possible ways.
“The works of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Charles Mingus were a particular inspiration (some will recognize the influence of the famous and lovable Moondog), and for the storyline to be credibly shown (“and maybe because of nostalgia” Murtic will add) musical styles such as Balkan brass music, Croatian folklore, American brass music but also hip hop and other genres have become a part of this musical expression” [Stjepan Vrečko, Muzika.hr, Croatia]
In 2011 Mimika MME grew into a 14-piece orchestra, attracting strong audiences on the London scene with their unusual compositions and with an instrumental setup (clarinets, tuba, brass ... ) almost unknown to the contemporary audiences, coupled with the melancholic voice of the lead singer Maja Rivic. After the release of their debut album "From Scratch to Structure Suite" (World Local Records) in May 2012, Mimika MME started working with Jerome Harper, an american trombonist, bandleader and manager most noted for his
prior engagement with American brass band movement and currently the bandleader of Brassroots. Sufficient to say, Mimika MME was signed to Harper's Brassroots management company.
“The title Ensemble is actually meant to denote an orchestra, like the ones once lead by Charles Mingus, Gil Evans and Gerry Mulligan, and with further associations to Vienna Art Orchestra (with a female vocalist) or second-line New Orleans street marching bands. The latter, because instruments such as the tuba, which is slowly returning to the jazz scene in the last decades, are found in the line-up. The four piece brass section uses many different mutes and there are as much as six reed intruments, a three piece rhythm section and finally, a female voice” [Ognjen Tvrtković for jazz.hr]
Since its inception, Mimika has performed thoughout the London club scene and local festivals, working together with various musicians. In 2011, Time Out magazine dubbed Murtic's music as „Balkan Space Jazz“. In the same year Mimika performed twice on Tom Robinson's popular radio show Introducing on BBC6 and on Mike Greber's radio show Kosher Jazz Jam. During the Summer of 2012 Mimika performed on five separate stages for the London Olympics and Paralympics.
Similarly, Mak has repeatedly successfully cooperated with the HRT Big Band, which has performed and recorded original compositions and an arrangement of a Croatian traditional song.
Second album, a recording of the suite A Place Glowing a Brilliant Red, is to be recorded in the last months of 2012 and released mid 2013. Some live footage and video are already available online, and footage of the entire new production will be available following the London Jazz Festival performance.
The multicultural Ensemble is made up of members from every continent of the world, including some members of the Tomorrow's Warriors (notably Michael Bates and David Turay), young jazz stars such as Andrew Linham, Mark Perry and Patrick Kenny, composer and trumpeter Andy Hall, saxophonists Daniel Woodfield, Rob Milne, Leon Bovell, composer and pianist Steve Parker, double bass player Ed Babar, tubist Chris Barrett or Theon Cross and guitarist Rohit Nijhawan plus some reocurring deps, NYJO members and other musicians on the London scene.
2012 has seen another expansion – this time into a cross-arts theatre collective – with the involvement of Production Manager James Greer, Dancer and Choreographer Julia Cheng, Video Artist Emiliano Pasini and Costume Designer Claire Nicolas, who together with the existing band formed the Mimika Ensemble Theatre Project. The first show, A Place Glowing a Brilliant Red, is based on Murtic’s compositions and currently under production.
The premiere of the show is scheduled for the first half of 2013 but the London Jazz Festival has created a great platform to do a scratch performance showcasing work in progress: with full visual scenery, simplistic costumes and contemporary dance, thus the London Jazz Festival performance on 14th November will be a pre-premiere of the work.
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Comments by MIMIKA ORCHESTRA
This is yours Sasha ? Sounds great. Never really heard you before
sounds great! Nubya on sax ? lovely
Martin, for what film was this?
Oh my !
Awesome! Saw your gig in Zagreb, Croatia yesterday and was well surprised. Great gig. When are you in London?