I am raising $6000 by February 22nd to pay for the musicians of Burning Bridge, rehearsal studio rentals and transportation costs to record my composition, Blood. This is non-commercial music that can only be produced with your help. 

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Jason KaoHwang

I've consolidated all the press kits under the menu heading "Press Kits."  Access is via a new password.  E-mail me if you are a member of the press and wish to have access.

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


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.


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.



Jason Kao Hwang: The Challenge, Tiananmen Square

Lovinger Theater, Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park West, West Bronx, NY

With this commission from the MultiCultural Music Group, this music, my first work for full orchestra, will honor and give voice to those who were killed in Tiananmen Square, to those were imprisoned, and to all who's belief in freedom still burns. Though China has attempted to eradicate the memory of Tiananmen Square, this history will not be forgotten.
- Jason Kao Hwang

Panel discussion: Dr. Rowena He, Mr. Fang Zheng, Dr. Luis Muniz, Jason Kao Hwang


Jason Kao Hwang/ Burning Bridge

Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville, Pavilon Arthabaska, 100, Chemin du Mont, Arthabaska, Victoriaville, Canada

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

This concert was made possible through a grant from U.S. Artists International. They are supported by the National Endowment of the Arts.

Burning Bridge was commissioned by Chamber Music America/ New Jazz Works.


Jason Kao Hwang/ Amygdala and Sing House

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

Amygdala Rami Seo - gayageum Michael Wimberly - djembe/ percussion Jason Kao Hwang - composer/ violin/ viola

Sing House Andrew Drury - drum set Ken Filiano - string bass Chris Forbes - piano Steve Swell - trombone Jason Kao Hwang - composer/ violin/ viola