Discover Miho Wada’s expanded instrumental line up and latest music in her fantastic new album “Accidental Journey”.
Miho’s 7th album was a lucky event after an accidental journey to the hospital in 2016. The impact of her near death experience lead to a flood of song ideas about her life and the experience of surgery. From the fun call and response melody she had with a bird on her walks with her dog for the piece “Tui Song” to the gamelanesque fluidity of the surreal experience of waking up from anaesthesia on “Wandering eyes” it’s truly a different take on inspiration for Miho. To go with with this change, there is a larger array of instrumentation on this album. Multi instrumentalists, Drew Hutchinson[Sax, guitar, Clarinet] and Sunjin Hong[ Bass, Trumpet] are new additions to the band and really expand the available soundscape. Band stalwart Pascal Roggen even lends his ability on Cello to round out this fresh vision.
Miho walks us through a fun, bizarre and at times scary part of her life. She invites listeners to take part in the playful inventiveness of her ensemble that will take you from dark moods to joyful flights of fancy.
New World Sympathy
Here comes the much awaited release of "Fancier Tango", the band performance version of the fans all time favourite "Fancy Tango”. Miho’s Jazz Orchestra has recorded four of the tracks straight off the back of their five week National Tour due to the growing demand from fans all around the country. This is also a rare recording giving audience a chance to experience the classical side of Wada’s original pan-pacific sounds.
Entirely in synch with MJO's fun-loving energy and humour, this album was written while touring with Miho’s baby bump, and recorded during the lead up to the baby's arrival. The ultimate tour diary to motherhood, Bumpy Road introduces the fresh flavour of world music to Miho’s more familiar J-pop style jazz compositions.
Combining the skilled musicianship and friendship of the Miho's Jazz Orchestra band members with the expert craftsmanship of studio engineer Olly Harmer, Bumpy Road captures the dynamic mood swings of the emotional pregnancy roller-coaster. Sprinkled with mystery and uncertainty about the changes to come, this album blends the warmth and authenticity of MJO's powerful live performance with the excitement, joy and anticipation surrounding the genesis of a new life.
Enter a new dimension in the world of jazz and experience eight instrumental tracks exploring Miho's globe-trotting creative background in rock, ska, classical and world music.
Written, arranged and produced by Miho Wada and performed by her fantastic Jazz Orchestra, “EXIT 621” was recorded straight off the back of their sell-out South Island tour. Contagiously catchy and instantly uplifting, the album’s title was inspired by Miho's recent attempt to “exit” from her diet the flavour enhancer E621, commonly known as MSG.
Capturing Miho's positive outlook on life, and combining it with just a hint of Japanese nostalgia, “EXIT 621” seamlessly blends stylish contemporary jazz with Miho's unique pan-pacific flavour.
Memphis Dreamin' was recorded at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. The four-track EP was recorded on a summer evening, almost all in a single take. Brimming with the warmth and authenticity of a live performance, each track carries the magical spell of this amazing studio where the souls of legends still live in the walls, and where the natural acoustics are so pure that every ounce of the astounding atmosphere is captured. According to Matt Ross-Spang, the Sun Studio engineer responsible for maintaining and treasuring the original "Sun" sound, this is most likely the first J-Pop style recording Sun Studio has ever seen.
Joining Miho on this exciting new release are Sun Studio musicians JP Keith (guitars), Ricky Steff (keyboardist for Luceo), Dave Roe (bassist for the late Johnny Cash), John Argroves (drums), and her husband and violinist Pascal Roggen (MJO).
Recorded and mixed by Matt Ross-Sprang at the Sun Studio, Memphis Mastered by Don Bartley at the Benchmark Mastering, Sydney
All music and lyrics written by Miho Wada All rights reserved © Miho Wada credits released September 25, 2014