The Manchester International Roots Orchestra (MIRO) is a unique ensemble of musicians with roots from across the world. Its repertoire skilfully combines diverse musical influences from haunting Eastern European melodies, to the delicate textures of Middle Eastern percussion and vocals; through to soulful Sufi chants of South Asia, joyful African gospel – embracing rap, hip-hop, classical music and jazz along the way. MIRO are powerful advocates for peace and mutual understanding as our music crosses boundaries of race, religion, identity and perspective. What better way to envisage a more just and equitable world than through the universal language of music?
The orchestra was set up through a partnership with Community Arts North West (CAN) and Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in 2012. With their continued partnership support, we are going solo this year and setting up as an independent ensemble. Our Music Director is double bass player, composer and renowned musician Michael Cretu, an incredible talent who belongs to one of the founding families of Romanian Jazz.
We have been fortunate enough to share our music with people from many different walks of life and whenever we play, we get amazing feedback from our audiences who feel inspired and uplifted by our cross-cultural music and powerful message.
The strong, family-like bond we have amongst the MIRO musicians is important to us and we believe this communicates to audiences in every one of our performances.
Check out our website where you will be able to listen to our music and watch our videos.
What is WOMEX?
WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry. The annual five-day event will take place in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain from 19 - 23 October this year.
WOMEX actively promotes music as a vehicle for cross-cultural understanding which is very much in line with our aim to promote change and peace through music.
As we go solo, we are passionate about taking our music to the next level! MIRO has performed at many high profile events including the Edinburgh Festival, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival and Manchester Cathedral.
With musicians from 10 global identities within MIRO we believe our music has global appeal. WOMEX will help us to reach global audiences and massively increase our impact.
Going to WOMEX will help us in the following specific ways:
- An amazing opportunity to showcase our work whilst advocating for respect, peace and cultural understanding on a larger scale.
- A chance to gain significant exposure.
- A way to promote our music directly to world music promoters and gain gigs which will put us on a firm footing for the future.
We need £380.00 to achieve this target. This will pay for the travel and accommodation of one of our orchestra members to attend WOMEX and promote our music. Your support would be really appreciated.