I am grateful beyond words!  Through the generous donations of 91 people, this gofundme campaign raised $6320 by the March 1st deadline.  This exceeded our goal of $6000 to pay for the musicians of Burning Bridge, rehearsal studio rentals and transportation costs to record my composition, Blood.  The additional funds will be applied to the CD mastering. Though the campaign is officially over, I am leaving the GoFundMe site for donations to help with the CD mastering and production costs.  Burning Bridge GoFundMe Campaign.  

The recording sessions took place March 11 and 12 at Kaleidoscope Sound in Union City, NJ.  I am thrilled with our performance!  So blessed to be working with outstanding musicians.  Thanks Joseph Daley(tuba), Andrew Drury (drum set), Ken Filiano (string bass) Steve Swell (trombone), Sun Li (pipa), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn) and Wang Guowei (erhu)!

Left to Right:  Joseph Daley(tuba), Andrew Drury (drum set), Ken Fliano (string bass), Jason Kao Hwang (violin),                                                                                     Steve Swell (trombone), Sun Li (pipa), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn) and Wang Guowei (erhu)

Our deepest thanks to:  Mimi Hwang, Kaikay Hwang, Scott D. Miller, Tom Swafford, Luis Torregrosa, Philip Perret, Nancy Meli Walker, Ed Hazell, Joseph Daley, Leila Kronenberger, Melyssa Clibbon, Larry Blood, Eric Salazar, Jamie Baum, Carol Kraus, Lynne McVeigh, Ron Alden, Kyoko Kitamura,Wilfred Loh, Taiyo Ebato, Taylor Ho Bynum, Fred Eurich, Rob Miller, Suzanne Lam, Robert & Donna Iannapollo, Douglas Cohen, Peter Pohly, Peter Schulz, Marc Andren, Tom Kohn, Mark Chung, Peter Marter, Han-earl Park, Albey Jane, Kaoru Watanabe, Masaki Yamagata, David Sewelson, Peter Kuhn, Midori Licht, Ken Irwin, Chris McIntyre, Jeff Song, James Keepnews, Dinah Kierstead , Piotr Michalowski, Patrick Frisco, Laura Chen-Schultz, Brenda Vincent, Jean Chiang, Jean Tsien, Dan Edes, Eric Chen, Kathleen Schwallie, Miguel Vidal, Pei Lee, Phil Jones, Michael Resil, William Parker, Florence Barrau-Adams, Diane Moser, Lars Bjorn, Patrick Grant, Stephen Schmidt, David Simons, Robert Sutherland-Cohen, Pauli Hallman, Bill Mazza, Elizabeth Panzer, Alexander Walton, Kenneth Lam, Gregg Miller, Ramsey Ameen, Bill McConaghy, Michael McNeill, Akira Abe, Michelle Kinney, Abby London-Crawford, Geoffrey Lee, Ben Stapp, Patrick Brennan and Anonymous Donors.

Best wishes

Jason KaoHwang

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Sing House was chosen as one of the Best CDs of 2017 by Downbeat and Cadence Magazines.




Now available on his web site. Click here!


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


 

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.

My new CD VOICE was nominated for a Grammy by Innova Records. 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.  We've received some wonderful reviews.
We honored the late Zen Matsuura, a great drummer and friend.
 
The BBC has broadcasted two of my compositions performed by Sing House at the  recent Vision Festival in NYC
 

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

Aug31

Andrew Drury/Soup and Sound #93

Soup and Sound, 292 Lefferts Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Andrew has organized a wonderful evening of duos, trios and more! The musicians: Seungmin Cha (daegeum, electronics), Ami Yamasaki (voice), Yoon Sen Choi (voice), Jason Kao Hwang (violin/viola), Tomeka Reid (cello), Stephen Haynes (cornets), Ben Stapp (tuba), Tomas Fujiwara and Andrew Drury (perc.)

Jun6

Hans Tammen & Third Eye Orchestra

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

Shelley Hirsch – Voice, Dafna Naphtali – Live Sound Processing, Voice, Sarah Bernstein – Violin, Jason Hwang – Violin, Stephanie Griffin – Viola, Tomas Ullrich – Cello, Ned Rothenberg – Clarinets, Michael Lytle – Clarinets, Briggan Krauss – Saxophones, Josh Sinton – Contra Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Ursel Schlicht – Piano, Keyboard, Shoko Nagai – Keyboard, Moog, Nick Didkovsky – Guitar, Satoshi Takeishi – Percussion, Hans Tammen – Composition, Binary Conducting

May31

Jason Kao Hwang/Burning Bridge

The Vision Festival @ Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson St (enter at Washington Square South, New York City

Burning Bridge performs "Blood," an NYC premiere Jason Kao Hwang - composer/violin Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet Joe Daley - tuba Andrew Drury -- drum set Ken Filiano - string bass Steve Swell - trombone Sun Li - pipa Wang Guowei - erhu * Also appearing this evening: Visionary Youth Orchestra, Dickey/Maneri/Shipp, Kj Holmes/Jeremy Carlstedt, Tracie Morris, Charles Gayle Trio

May11

patrick brennan transparency kestra

El Taller Latino Americano, 215 East 99th St, Manhattan

Brian Adler - drums patrick brennan - composition & saxophone Leonor Falcón - violin Brian Groder - trumpet Lloyd Haber - drums Colin Hinton - drums Jason Kao Hwang - violin Westbrook Johnson - trombone Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic - bass viol +TBA

6pm open rehearsal

Apr9

CREATE Festival

Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Wadada Leo Smith The Crystal Sextet
Violas: Stephanie Griffin, Gwen Lester, Tanya Kalmanovitch , Jason Kao Hwang

Hardedge - electronics

Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet

Also Wadada Leo Smith solo trumpet and Golden Quintet

Jason Kao Hwang Trio

Howl Gallery, 6 East 1st Street, New York City

CELEBRATING WORDS: AN ANTHOLOGY published by a Gathering of Tribes

Jason Kao Hwang Trio Jason Kao Hwang - composer/violin/viola Hilliard Greene - string bass Michael T.A. Thompson - drum set

POETS: Patricia Spears Jones, Sheila Maldonado, Eileen Myles, Edwin Torres

Jan13

Jason Kao Hwang

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

William Parker's Healing Songs from the Tone World Patricia Nicholson – Dance Matthew Shipp – Piano Nate Wooley – Trumpet Ellen Christi – Voice William Parker – Percussion and Strings Lisa Sokolov – Voice Cooper Moore – Piano Jake Sokolov Gonzalez – Cello Jeff Schlanger – Aquasonic (waterphone) Anne Humanfeld – Aquasonic (waterphone) Leonid Galavanov – Aquasonic (waterphone) Jd Parran – Reeds and Percussion On Ka’a Davis – Concert Guitar Morley – Voice Jason Kao Hwang – Violin AnnMarie Sandy – Voice Daniel Carter – Alto, Tenor, and Soprano Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet Eri Yamamoto – Piano Tanya Kalmanovitch – Viola Jean Cook – Violin Biil Cole – Digeridoo

Dec15

Patrick Brennan Transparency Kestra

El Taller Latino Americano, 215 East 99th Street, New York City

Eli Asher - trumpet & slide trumpet, patrick brennan, saxophone & composition, Haruna Fukazawa - flutes & piccolo, Stephanie Griffin - viola, Brian Groder - trumpet, Lloyd Haber - percussion, Jerome Harris - bass guitar, Jason Kao Hwang - violin, Adam Lane - bass viol, David Sidman - guitar, Justin Wood - flute