Jason Kao Hwang is a unique artist. He is a composer and a conductor and violinist and he is one of the frontrunners in creative jazz...With the talent he holds he could easily branch into the Classical Music field - and actually that is exactly what he has accomplished: he melds the jazz idiom with classical music structure and creates works such as this BLOOD... An uncompromising vision as it is challenging. Fine artistry on every count. Grady Harp, Amazon, Oct. 18, 2018 Read Full Review
What’s always most striking about Jason’s work, whether solo or in ensemble, is the originality… he ALWAYS provides a listening experience that’s different – and WONDERFUL... I give Jason and his ensemble a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this diverse and challenging album. Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews, October 15, 2018 Read Full Review
The enormity of the piece did not truly settle in until it ended. Suddenly the feeling became overwhelming and the only thing you could do, was what many in the audience did, sigh and say “wow.” - Paul Acquaro, Free Jazz Blog Read Full Review
The compositions featured sections of duos, in all possible permutations of the string/bass combination, and the playing was full of color and texture, detailed, voices emerging unexpectedly behind whatever was the momentary focus.
Mike Chamberlainm All About Jazz, May 18, 2015 Read Full Review
Led by Jason Kao Hwang, the American virtuoso violinist, Burning Bridge combined erhu (two-stringed violin) and pipa (four-stringed lute) with a powerful horn section and mighty rhythm unit in a 90-minute set of originals.
Irwin Block AMN Reviews, May 15, 2015 Read Full Review
But rock wasn’t the only game in town, starting with the fine festival opener, Jason Kao Hwang’s “Burning Bridge,” a proverbial east-meets-west venture for eight musicians.
Josef Woodward, Downbeat Magazine May 21, 2015 Read Full Review
"Burning Bridge" is a five-part exploration of cultural history, tradition and frictions, with textural debts to Charles Mingus, Harry Partch and Charles Ives.
Byron Coley, Exclaim, May 14, 2015 Read Full Review
Mr. Hwang did a great job of blending the ethnic and distinctive sounds of the Far East and the West seamlessly.
Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, May 27, 2015 Read Full Review
Bridges Burnt, Preview Massachusetts, April, 2015, Read feature article
Violinist Jason Kao Hwang stands at the crossroads of his influences - classical, jazz and traditional Chinese music - and sets the divisions between them ablaze.
DOWNBEAT, Shaun Brady - May 1, 2013 Read Full Review
That natural flow is one of strengths of Burning Bridge; the mixing doesn't feel contrived. To extrapolate a little, this multifaceted music recognizes how we all define ourselves in different ways at different times; our behavior shifts to accommodate coworkers, family, friends or strangers. Which is to say we're all code switchers. Jason Kao Hwang makes us hear what that sounds like.
National Public Radio, Kevin Whitehead - November 26, 2012 Read Full Review Listen to NPR show
Hwang has his finger firmly on the racing pulse of the 21st century, where everything interconnected and boundaries of time and geography seem hopelessly quaint. If there is a war cry for music of the new millennium, it might well be: Burn the bridges – there’s no going back.
Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post, November 22, 2010 Read Full Review
Burning Bridge is an incredibly personal journey that transcends the traditional review by becoming a complete experience for the critic and for the average listener... A truly stunning release of intimate beauty and simplicity.
Critical Jazz, Brent Black - June 12, 2013 Read Full Review
Jazzarium (Poland), Krysztof Wojcik - April 2, 2013 Read Full Review
On Burning Bridge, the veteran experimentalist strips his enterprise down to an octet but reaches for the spheres to equally profound effect. The five-part work combines, sometimes strikingly, elements of jazz and classical and traditional Chinese music. In doing so, though, it strives not for seamlessness but for illuminating contrasts and juxtapositions.
- JazzTimes, Lloyd Sachs - April 1, 2013 Read Full Review
Another key feature is the interplay between Chinese and Western instruments. Hwang frequently plays them off against each other... But rather than displaying an opposition or contrast, it's amazing how the two complement each other. This is also true of ensemble passages, where the blend can be invigorating and intoxicating....Hwang's composition, while epic in scope, conveys the intimacy of lives lived in a foreign culture.
- The New York City Jazz Record, Robert Iannapollo - December 1, 2012 Read Full Review
Burning Bridge is a monumental endeavor, foretelling that often unattainable synchronization within modern era avant-garde vistas where calamity, harmonious accord, and mind-altering improvisation seem to be in alignment with the heavens.
All About Jazz, Glen Astarita - November 26, 2012 Read Full Article
In the complexity and richness of these compositions, the sense of how accomplished Hwang—and all these musicians—are as instrumentalists can easily be lost... Burning Bridge is both a transcendent and challenging experience, and with repeated listening the characteristics of each movement can shift in emphasis, and become reinvented.
All About Jazz, Karl Ackerman - February 25, 2013 Read Full Review
The results are thoroughly convincing, conceptually strong and filled with excellent music, excellently performed.... What is reaffirming as well as a little startling is how well the music fits together. It comes across as whole, and significantly so at that. It's avant, free, composed, pan-ethnic (we are all ethnic after all) and completely inimitable. Gapplegate Music Review, Grego Applegate Edwards - February 8, 2013 Read Full Review
...his Burning Bridge a profound synthesis of Eastern and Western world. Summary fueled by instinct and reflection, from spirituality and passion.
- Joseph RyeAll About Jazz - Italy, February 1, 2013 Read Full Review
This absolutely blew me away when it was performed at the Vision Festival this year, and I craved a recording of it. Recorded shortly after that live performance, this CD is perhaps the best single release of the year.
- Acoustic Levitation, Steven Koenig - January 28, 2013 Read Full Review
Hwang's arrangements leavened melodicism with adventurous textures, giving birth to complex and varied backing for solos, which at times recalled Charles Mingus in their infectious holler.
- All About Jazz, John Sharpe, July 10, 2012 Read Full Review
Hwang admixes contemporary instrumental writing for instruments well known to jazz with Chinese instruments and sounds and the result is a strangely haunting creation that feels as though we are exploring unknown territory... he melds the jazz idiom with classical music structure and the result is an experience wholly and refreshingly new.
Amazon, Grady Harp - November 6, 2012 Read Full Review
Creating a musical program that relates both to multiculturalism and the melting pot, violinist Jason Kao Hwang’s archetype is true to disparate traditions while melding them into a distinctive musical form... All and all, Hwang manages to celebrate and transcend sounds and influences on this CD.
-- JAZZWORD, Ken Waxman - April 21, 2013 Read Full Review
Have you ever been in an audience and realized you were watching a historic performance? The epic composition performed last night at the Vision Festival by violinist/composer Jason Hwang 's ensemble,"Burning Bridge," was an absolutely unforgettable event...
Facebook, Katie Bull - June 17, 2012 Read Full Review
...the sound is fantastic and bewitching.
- JazzPage, Shigeyo - November 10, 2012 Read Full Review