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.
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.
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. 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.