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Jason Kao Hwang - composer/violin
Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet/flugelhorn
Joseph Daley - tuba
Andrew Drury - drum set
Ken Filiano - string bass
Sun Li - pipa
Steve Swell - trombone
Wang Guowei - erhu

 

My thanks to Downbeat Magazine's 2018 International Critics poll for voting for me. I wish to share this recognition with all the musicians I have played with, especially in my bands.  We make music together!
 

Grateful that Sing House was named one of the Best CDs of 2017 by Downbeat Magazine.

 


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I'm grateful to Giovanni Russonello for his 4/28 review of Sing House in the New York Tim


On Sing House from the Best Jazz on Bandcamp:

The breadth of influences that composer Jason Kao Hwang is able to call upon, and his willingness to leave wide open spaces within compositions for improvising, strikes the perfect balance between meticulous planning and breathless spontaneity. His newest, Sing House, falls in line with past experiments. “No Such Thing” provides ample, immediate evidence of that push-and-pull, with its turbulent bursts of avant-garde dissonance suddenly settling into joyful expressions of the blues. “Dream Walk” is a panoramic view of a host of musical forms, never fully adopting a single one, always sounding on the verge of phasing into another altogether. “When What Could” takes the opposite approach, allowing jazz forms to manifest with a charged immediacy, while leaving the transitions between each expression a bit fuzzy. It’s this kind of daring that makes a Hwang album so thrilling—that sense of sharp intelligence and creative courage. On his newest, the violinist-violist is joined by drummer Andrew Drury, bassist Ken Filiano, pianist Chris Forbes, and trombonist Steve Swell.


I was violinist and co/composer with music director Jeff Song, and percussionists Yukio Tsuji and Josh Zieman of White Snake at Baltimore's Centerstage. It was a great run of 30 performances.

 I led a string ensemble for the Arts for Art Benefit this past fall.  We honored Billy Bang and Leroy Jenkins, playing their music.


Host Trudy Leong of WZRD/Chicago has been playing VOICE regularly for the past 6 months.  Big thanks to Trudy Leong and Kate Smith!  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. 

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion,  a superb show produced by the NY Historical Society, had a great run in NYC this past spring. I was honored to have scored music for the concluding video exhibit.  The show is now part of the permanent exhibit at the Chinese Historical Society in San Francisco.


My sound design students at NYU Film created some great work this past semester!
 
Listen to Kevin Whitehead's review of Burning Bridge on National Public Radio's Fresh Air.  Listen
 

Previous events

Oct27

The Vision Festival at Tufts

Tufts University, Distler Hall

7pm REVOLUTION / RESURRECTION: PATRICIA NICHOLSON (dance and voice), JASON KAO HWANG (violin), MICHAEL TA THOMPSON (drums), Bill Mazza (live projections)

ALSO: 1pm: WORKSHOP IN IMPROVISATION by WILLIAM PARKER, for the young musicians of the Tufts Community Music Program

5:30pm: SYMPOSIUM: “SOUND AND SOCIAL JUSTICE”: Tufts faculty (Anthony Romero, Stephan Pendelton, Joel Larue Smith, Erica Walker) in dialogue with Fred Moten and the musicians of the Vision Festival

6:30pm: MATTHEW SHIPP (piano) and MICHAEL BISIO (bass)

8:00pm: FRED MOTEN (poetry)

8:30pm: WILLIAM PARKER (bass) ANDREW CYRILLE (drums) ROB BROWN (alto saxophone) FRED MOTEN (poetry) STEVE SWELL (trombone)

Sep20

Jason Kao Hwang/Sing House

Mirror Tea House, 575 Union Street, Brooklyn

Jason Kao Hwang - composer/violin/viola, Andrew Drury-drum set, Ken Filiano-string bass, Chris Forbes-piano, Special Guest: Ben Gerstein-trombone; Also at 8pm- Sarah Bernstein-violin, Robert Dick-flutes, Adam Lane-bass, Vijay Anderson-drums; 9pm Jeff Pearring-alto sax, Adam Lane-bass, Tim Ford-drums

Jan13

Jason Kao Hwang/Sing House

Scholes Street Studio, 375 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn

Andrew Drury - drum set Ken Filiano - string bass Chris Forbes - piano Steve Swell - trombone Jason Kao Hwang - composer/violin/viola At 8pm: Josh Sinton Trio : Josh Sinton - baritone sax, Todd Neufeld - guitar, Giacomo Merga - bass guitar