MIMIKA ORCHESTRA

Mimika is an alternative jazz, world & progressive art music orchestra from London, formed of 20 of London’s most sought after musicians, performing original music by composer Mak Murtic.

Mimika Orchestra was founded in London in 2010 by the Croatian composer and saxophonist Mak Murtic. It has been dubbed as one of London’s most creative, trans-idiomatic orchestras, taking audiences on an adventurous journey to where jazz collides with other musical genres and art forms, telling anthropological, cultural and mythological stories of the future and the past.

PCrew Live events

Mimika Orchestra - Forgiveness Day

Mimika played at the London Jazz Festival 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, Regularly at the 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.

Mimika Orchestra - Child

In 2014, Mak Murtic was one of the few selected composers of the Adopt a Composer Scheme – a joint project by the PRS, BBC, Sound and Music and Making Music, which led to a smaller version of Mimika performing the commissioned piece Encounters with the Clapham Community Choir.

Mimika Orchestra (live) - MSU, Zagreb

Later that year, Mimika’s music was performed by the Croatian Radio Television Jazz Orchestra for the European Broadcasting Union, featuring composer Mak Murtic and vocalist Maja Rivic.

In 2015, Mak Murtic was commissioned to write the piece Dodole for Purcell school’s Pianorama festival, as well as for the Croatian contemporary music ensemble Septet Ad Libitum of the Zagreb Philharmonic, who premiered the piece Liburnia at the 51. Contemporary Classical Music Festival in Opatija.

Since 2016, Mimika Orchestra is based both in Zagreb and London and has a set of core members. Mimika functions as a core orchestra with an extended family of musicians and has a flexible fluidity. Alongside projects, recordings and concerts, Mimika and its members create masterclasses and music clinics.

Mimika Orchestra

Notable Performances / Commissions

Notable Performances / Commissions

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.

Releases / Discography

- 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 Murtic
- 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.

MIMIKA.ORCHESTRA@GMAIL.COM