Top Ten CDs of 2014
- Vittorio Lo Conte, All About Jazz/ Italy, December 31, 2014 Read Full Article
this is one of the finest duet recordings I’ve heard in recent memory.
- Robert Iannapollo, Cadence Magazine, July/August, 2014 Read Full Review
The duo of Ayman Fanous and Jason Kao Hwang doesn't shy away from anything. It's a partnership built on mutual respect, conviction, and a yearning for truth in sound.
- Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz, February 27, 2014 Read Full Review
Here’s an exciting duo disc that bridges music of the Far East, Mid-East Mediterranean and free jazz in an exciting way.
- George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly, February 27, 2014 Read Full Article
... the two musicians were extremely tight and attuned to each other, interacting and communicating to an extent that is rare even among experienced improvisers.
- Matt Cole, DooBeeDooBeeDoo New York, February 15, 20014 Read Full Article
This is not world music. It isn't jazz either. This is music with ambition. Ambitions of beauty, artistic ambitions, for new forms of sounds, new ways to express things, full of emotional depth, with emotions that are too complex to be canvassed in old forms, too elusive to be captured in patterns, too deep to be expressed in shallow tunes.
- Stef, Free Jazz Blog, February 5, 2014 Read Full Review
There is great freedom, technique harnessed to the ends of making a statement musically, and the sort of magic that results when all of that works, comes together.
- Grego Appelgate Edwards, gapplegateguitar.blogspot.com, February 18, 2014 Read Full Review
The duo release—Zilzal—further defines the evolution of two master musician/composers pursing the most imaginative alternatives to the status quo.
- Karl Ackerman, All About Jazz, January 21 2014 Read Full Review
…it is serious contemporary music composed and performed by two eerily amazing musicians, a unique improvisational language that spans many streams of musical culture, aesthetics, and compositional philosophy.
- Grady Harp, amazon.com, December 13, 2013 Read Full Review
this duo creates the kind of achingly simple and beautiful playing that isn't casual listening but is deep, solid listening
- Midwest Record, December 7, 2013 Read Full Article
Two voices working as one harmonic train of thought are rare in the improvisational music we refer to as jazz, to venture into the cultural extremes as exhibited within Zilzal and make the music accessible to a broad based audience is simply amazing.
- Brent Black, Critical Jazz, December 1, 2013 Read Full Article
Do not, I am warning you, leave your brain at the mall while essaying this outré but riveting release.
- Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange, 2013 Read Full Review
The outstanding American violist and violinist Jason Kao Hwang and Egyptian guitarist - and outstanding performer buzuki- Ayman Fanous are two of the most exalted representatives of multiculturalism that characterizes the musical advanced the new millennium. (google translation)
- Brevario, El Intruso, October 29, 2013 Read Full Article