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My next CD, VOICE,  will be released by Innova Records on January 29, 2016. VOICE is comprised of two sets,  Lifelines and Words of Our Own.  Lifelines features Deanna Relyea (voice) and Piotr Michalowski (sopranino sax/bass clarinet) with my EDGE quartet: Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet/flugelhorn), Andrew Drury (drum set), Ken Filiano (string bass) and myself (composer/violin).  Words of Our Own features Tom Buckner (voice), Joe McPhee (tenor sax/pocket trumpet),  William Parker (string bass), Sang Won Park (kayagum/ajeng) and myself (composer/viola).  We perform the poetry of Lester Afflick, Patricia Spears Jones, Davida Singer, Fay Chiang, Steve Dalachinsky and Yuko Otomo.  Here is our first review in Italy's Music Zoom.

It is a music full of emotions, which transcend those that are the traditional techniques, what matters here is improvisation, the inspiration of the moment, exercised collectively. The two songs are developed otherwise, for the diversity of formations and equipment, but the spirit that animates them is the same. The poems are contained in the booklet, so that you can read them in their strength, as well as listen. There is so much energy and passion to spread the album with solos of all participants, including important names of the vanguard, a Joe McPhee is rewriting with all altri.Si also celebrated poets of course, the late Lester Afflick , an integral part of this project, whose texts collected in the posthumous I Dream About You Baby are here declaimed. It requires careful listening to these sounds unusual, the energy that emerges from the strings of the leader and his sidemen is something unusual but fascinating. 
- Vittorio Lo Conte, Music Zoom

The BBC has broadcasted two of my compositions performed by Sing House at the  recent Vision Festival in NYC

Sing House, my quintet with Andrew Drury (drums), Ken Filiano (string bass), Chris Forbes (piano), Steve Swell (trombone) and myself (composer/ violin/ viola), had a great gig at Vision Festival 20.  We recently completed the recording of our first CD, to be released in 2016. Info

Amygdala, with Rami Seo (gayageum), Michael Wimberly (djembe/ precision) and myself (composer/ violin/ viola), had a great gig at the Aljira in Newark, NJ. Our thanks to Oliver Lake for presenting us there.

The music is moving forward.
My students of Sound Image, a sound design course that I teach at NYU's Undergrad Department of Film and TV, created some great final projects!
Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion,  a superb show produced by the NY Historical Society, had a great run in NYC this past spring. It will re-open at the Oregon Historical Society in January, 2016.  I was honored to have scored music for the concluding video exhibit.  There is also an exhibit with 8mm films of my family.   Info
Listen to Kevin Whitehead's review of Burning Bridge on National Public Radio's Fresh Air.  Listen
I enjoyed my annual lecture at the Queens College Summer Youth Program.  Kids are accepted on a competitive basis, so they are highly motivated and sharp.
My students of Sound Image, a sound design course that I teach at NYU's Undergrad Department of Film and TV, created some great final projects!

Zilzal, my duos with Ayman Fanouse (guitar/ bazooka), was selected as one of the Top CDs of 2014 by All About Jazz in  Italy.  Zilzal was also voted into the second round of the Grammy Awards.

Previous events


Patrick Brennan Transpanceykestra

El Taller, 215 East 99th St., NYC

9 plus musicians, including my violin, will join alto sax/composer Patrick Brennan


Revolution Resurrection

451 Broome, 3W (near Broome), New York City

Dance: Patricia Nicholson, Jason Jordan Musicians: Jason Kao Hwang (violin/viola), Michael. T.A. Thompson (drums) Live Video: Bill Mazza


Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic Ensemble

Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, NYC, NY

Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (composer, string bass), Guillermo Gregorio (clarinets) Jason Kao Hwang (violin) and others


Rova's Electric Ascension

Le Poisson Rouge, 155 Bleeker Street, NYC, NY

Rova Sax Quartet Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, John Raskin, Bruce Ackley with Charles Burnham - violin/electronics Gerald Cleaver - drums Nels Cline - guitar Trevor Dunn - bass Jason Kao Hwang - violin/electronics Ikue Mori - electronics Zeena Parkins - string harp/electronics Nate Wooley - trumpet


Arts in Context, A Forum

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, 107 Suffolk Street, 2nd floor (corner of Rivington), NYC, NY

We will talk about the presentation of music within the context of politics, culture and aesthetics.

Fay Victor (singer/composer), Raymond Nat Turner (poet) , James Brandon Lewis(saxophone/composer), Jason Kao Hwang (violin/composer), Hamid Drake (drummer/composer), Patricia Nicholson Parker(dancer/choreographer/producer), and Lee Mixashawn Rozie (saxophone/composer)


Steve Swell's Nation of We with Embedded String Quartet #1

The Stone, NW corner of East 2nd St. and Ave. C, NYC, NY

Jason Kao Hwang, Jake Sokolov, Rosi Hertlein, Sarah Bernstein, Stephanie Griffin (strings) Darius Jones, Chris Pitsiokos (alto sax) Dave Sewelson (baritone sax) Lewis Barnes, Matt Lavelle (trumpet) Vincent Chancey (french horn) Joe Daley (tuba) Todd Nicholson (bass) Chad Taylor (drums) Steve Swell (trombone, compoistions)

Part of Steve Swell's residency at the Stone.


Steve Swell's Leaf Peeping in Poland

The Stone, NW corner of East 2nd St. and Ave. C, NYC, NY

Steve Swell - composer/trombone Jason Kao Hwang - violin James Ilgenfritz- string bass Chad Taylor Drums

Part of Steve Swell's residency at the Stone.


Sound+Movement: Resurrection Revolution - Patricia Parker

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

R&R first performed in January 2015 as a quartet, under the title ‘Challenge Listening’ with Patricia Nicholson, Jason Jordan – dance and music – Jason Kao Hwang (violin/viola), TA Thompson(drum set). The quintet came together at Judson Church on Saturday July 12 2015 at the 20th Vision Festival with the addition of Bill Mazza’s live art projections. This will be the most complete presentation.