Out and about/ music
by Steve Monroe
Caught... Jason Kao Hwang Transparent Productions’ Bobby Hill on its April 22 concert: “On the dark, cold and rainy Sunday evening … violinist and violist Jason Kao Hwang’s brightened everyone’s spirits with a moving performance by his EDGE ensemble at U Street’s historic Bohemian Caverns. The evening’s highlight was Hwang’s new arrangement of African-American violinist Clarence Cameron’s White’s, ‘Lament,’ which was first recorded in 1919 on the historic Broome record label. White, a graduate of D.C.’s Howard University, recorded ‘Lament’ the same year of the founding of the
National Association of Negro Musicians. White, who recommended the establishment of the still-existing NANM, served as its second president. Hill said the evening featured a “CD playing of the original 1919 version” of White’s “Lament” and then “Hwang immediately followed with his new version as arranged for cornet, acoustic bass, and drums, with a highlight being bassist Ken Filiano’s arresting arco work.” Transparent Productions has May performances at Bohemian Caverns by The Chicago Underground Duo May 13th, and the Darius Jones Quartet May 20th.