Miho Wada


Armed with a flute and more positive energy than you would think possible, Miho Wada is one performer that’s hard to forget. Also known as “the flute ninja,” the New Zealand-Japanese instrumentalist/singer has a colourful and diverse career, spanning classical, jazz, punk, Cuban folk music, JPop, and other influences.

Miho Wada was born in Hino City, Tokyo in 1979. Growing up in Miyazaki, Japan, she showed signs of musical talent from a very early age. “As soon as I could talk and walk, I would just hold slippers,” she says. “I would have a slipper in my hand and just sing about [how] Mum’s doing something, or a cat walking down the street.”

Miho's Jazz Orchestra performing Tui Song at the Gardens Magic in Wellington (2019)
Miho Wada and The Shit Fight performing Something Extra at Club Underground in Minneapolis (2010)
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Miho's Jazz Orchestra performing at The Zen Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival in Whitford, Auckland (2012)
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Miho's Jazz Orchestra performing for the Hurricane Party in Tauranga for the National Jazz Festival in 2022.
Photo credit: David Dunham
Miho Wada performing at Gardens Magic at the Wellington Botanical Gardens, 2019.
Miho Wada in NYC, 2011.
Miho's Jazz Orchestra on RNZ (2012)
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Miho's Jazz Orchestra plays "Fully Charged" at their "Accidental Journey" album launch party at the Tuning Fork in Auckland, March 2018.
Miho's Jazz Orchestra performing for Gardens Magic in Wellington Botanical Gardens, 2019.
Miho's Jazz Orchestra performing at Galatos in 2018.
Miho's Jazz Orchestra performing for the Waiheke International Jazz Festival in 2016.
Miho Wada and Andrew Rudolph perform live on bFM's Freak the Sheep Show (2013)
Miho's Jazz Orchestra performing Matt's Funky Monkey in Kumeu (2021)
Miho Wada with Iggy Pop in 2011.
Miho Wada performing for Miho's Jazz Orchestra's album release show for Accidental Journey at the Tuning Fork in 2018.
Photo credit: Reuben Raj aka SomeBizarreMonkey Photography
Miho Wada performs Bumpy Road at the Auckland RNZ studio for NZ Live (2015)
Miho's Jazz Orchestra performs Cherry Beer at the Sapporo City Jazz Festival in Sapporo, Japan (2014)
Miho's Jazz Orchestra in 2014. From left: James Donaldson (cello), Leo Corso (bass), Pascal Roggen (violin), Jared Desvaux de Marigny (drums), Andrew Rudolph (guitar). In front: Miho Wada
Miho Wada - Mihozilla music video (2010)
Miho's Jazz Orchestra performing at the National Jazz Orchestra in Tauranga during their Mystery Banana tour, 2014.
Miho's Jazz Orchestra in Sydney, 2013.
Miho Wada and The Shit Fight - Call Girl music video (2010)
Miho Wada - Bears and Bamboos music video (2012)
Miho Wada performing for Miho's Jazz Orchestra's album release show for Accidental Journey at the Tuning Fork in 2018.
Photo credit: Reuben Raj aka SomeBizarreMonkey Photography
Miho Wada & Shit Fight in Wellington, 2012.
Miho Wada - Carmen's Requiem official music video (2013)
Miho's Jazz Orchestra perform Los Dos on TVNZ's Good Morning Show (2015)
Miho's Jazz Orchestra (L-R): Pascal Roggen (violin), Jared Desvaux de Marigny (drums), Miho Wada, SungJin Hong (bass), Drew Hutchinson (guitars)
Miho Wada & Shit Fight performing in Nelson, 2011.
Miho's Jazz Orchestra at Tauranga Jazz Festival, 2014.
Miho's Jazz Orchestra performing at the Waiheke International Jazz Festival in 2014.
Miho Wada and The Shit Fight - Pajama Day music video (2011)
Miho's Jazz Orchestra performing at Ponsonby cafe One2One in Auckland, 2011.
Miho Wada with Dave Roe at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, 2014.
Miho's Jazz Orchestra performs Forgotten live at the Tuning Fork in Auckland (2018)
Miho Wada Sun Studio session in Memphis, Tennessee (2014)
Miho's Jazz Orchestra performing for the World Masters Games in Auckland, 2017.
Photo credit: Hannah Rolfe aka HR Photography
Miho's Jazz Orchestra peforming at Gardens Magic in Wellington Botanical Gardens, 2019.
Photo credit: Ben Stewart Photography
Miho's Jazz Orchestra at Gardens Magic in Wellington Botanic Gardens, 2019.
Miho Wada and The Shit Fight performing Be My Girl at Club Underground in Minneapolis (2010)
Miho Wada performing for Miho's Jazz Orchestra's album release show for Accidental Journey at the Tuning Fork in 2018.
Photo credit: Reuben Raj aka SomeBizarreMonkey Photography
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Miho's Jazz Orchestra peforming for Gardens Magic at Wellington Botanical Gardens, 2019.
Photo credit: Ben Stewart Photography
Miho's Jazz Orchestra at the National Jazz Festival's Hurricane Party in Tauranga, 2022.
Photo credit: David Dunham
Miho Wada - Seaside Love Walk music video (2012)
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Miho Wada & Shit Fight performing Club Underground in Minneapolis, 2011.
Miho Wada & The Shit Fight in Nelson, 2011.
Together Incredible: Miho Wada and 8 other Kiwi musicians re-record Iggy Pop's 'The Passenger' via Orcon Broadband (2009)
Miho Wada performing for Miho's Jazz Orchestra's album release show for Accidental Journey at the Tuning Fork in 2018.
Photo credit: Reuben Raj aka SomeBizarreMonkey Photography
Miho's Jazz Orchestra (L-R): Pascal Roggen (violin), SungJin Hong (bass), Miho Wada (flute), Jared Desvaux de Marigny (drums), Drew Hutchinson (guitar)
Miho Wada during her session at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, 2014. From left: John Argroves (drums), Miho Wada, Dave Roe (bass & double bass), Matt Ross-Spang (audio engineer), John Paul Keith (guitars)
Miho Wada - Clock Hop music video (2013)
Miho Wada and The Shit Fight performing Pajama Day at Club Underground in Minneapolis (2010)
Miho Wada and the Shit Fight perform Mihozilla live at Trailer Space Records store in Austin, Texas (2010)
Miho's Jazz Orchestra performing Fancy Tango at the Gardens Magic in Wellington (2019)
Miho Wada & Shit Fight performing Club Underground in Minneapolis, 2011.
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Miho's Jazz Orchestra
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Miho Wada with Ska Cubano in Morocco, 2011.

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