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Zilzal

by Ayman Fanouse (guitar, bouzouki). Jason Kao Hwang (violin, viola

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Zilzal is the recorded debut of the duo of Ayman Fanous (acoustic guitar/ bouzouki) and Jason Hwang (violin/ viola). The name of both the album and title track is the Arabic word for earthquake. And this music represents the collision of several musical worlds. Forged in New York’s downtown music scene of the late 1990’s, this duo has developed a unique improvisational language that spans many streams of musical culture, aesthetics, and compositional philosophy. In its inter-cultural egalitarianism, it could only have been made in America.

Jason Kao Hwang/ Burning Bridge

by Jason Kao Hwang

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With Burning Bridge, composer/violinist Jason Kao Hwang sets the boundaries of aesthetic sensibilities, cultural assumptions, and his personal history ablaze. His music burns bridges between the traditional roles of the ensemble’s instrumentation—whether jazz, classical, or traditional Chinese—to forge a single musical voice that resonates with distinct cultural overtones. With the poetic complexities inherent to this sound, the music possesses all the attributes of any human being. Burning Bridge is the experience, not the representation.

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

© ℗ Burning Bridge, Ashes, Essence by Jason Kao Hwang, Flying Panda Music, BMI All Rights Reserved 2012

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    [Info] Ashes, Essence (Listen to entire first track here for Free) 21:59
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    [Info] Worship, Whirling 13:35
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    [Info] Fiery, Far Away 10:39
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    [Info] Incense, In Sense 16:44
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    Ocean, O Sun 15:54
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Spontaneous River: Symphony of Souls

by Jason Kao Hwang

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Jason Kao Hwang’s Spontaneous River, based in New York City, is an orchestra of 37 string improvisers plus drum set. It is only in recent years that more and more string players have engaged in the art of improvisational music. Spontaneous River is an ensemble and a community that represents this emerging movement. The power of Spontaneous River is drawn from both the sonic unity of strings and the undeniable individualism of each musician’s “voice.”

Mr. Hwang’s composition, Symphony of Souls is a spontaneous flow of notated passages and conducted improvisations that sing stories of life journey through an abundant sound emanating from blues, jazz, classical and world sources.

As Dr. Thomas Stanley writes in the liner notes, “The orchestra is then summoned to explore soul as both a nexus of dialog and as the motive force compelling action and interaction. “I felt in this one unified sound, I could hear the voice of each soul,” Jason recalls, “The music was a whole tree, but you could hear each individual leaf in motion.”

COMPOSER/ CONDUCTOR/ VIOLIN: Jason Kao Hwang (jasonkaohwang.com)

DRUMS: Andrew Drury
VIOLIN: Trina Basu, Sarah Bernstein, Charles Burnham, Julianne Carney, Mark Chung, Fung Chern Hwei, Rosi Hertlein, Gwen Laster, Marlene Rice, Dave Soldier, Curtis Stewart, Elektra Kurtis, Midori Yamamoto, Helen Yee
VIOLA: Leanne Darling, Nicole Federici, Judith Insell, Eric Salazar, David Wallace GUITAR: Cristian Amigo, Bradley Farberman, James Keepnews, Dom Minasi, David Ross, Tor Snyder, Hans Tammen CELLO: Martha Colby, Loren Dempster, Daniel Levin, Tomas Ulrich, Shanda Wooley
STRING BASS: Michael Bisio, Ken Filiano, Francois Grillot, Clifton Jackson, Tom Zlabinger, James Ilgenfritz

Executive Producer: Dave Soldier

© ℗ Symphony of Souls, by Jason Kao Hwang, Flying Panda Music, BMI All Rights Reserved 2011

Crossroads Unseen

by Jason Kao Hwang/ EDGE

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Jason Kao Hwang - composer/ violin/ viola Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet/ flugelhorn Andrew Drury - drum set Ken Filiano - string bass

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    [Info] Elemental Determination (Listen to First track for Free!) 10:17
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    [Info] The Path Around the House 12:05
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    [Info] Transients 10:39
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    [Info] Crossroads Unseen 11:26
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    [Info] One Day 10:09
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Commitment The Complete Recordings 1981/ 1983

by Jason Kao Hwang

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COMMITMENT Will Connell. Jr. - flute, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, wood flutes Jason Kao Hwang - violin. viola. bird calls Zen Matsuura - drums William Parker - string bass

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    [Info] Mountain Song 03:33
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    [Info] The Web of Forces 06:36
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    [Info] Famine 05:10
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    [Info] Grassy Hills, The Sun (1980) 10:06
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    [Info] No Name 11:03
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    [Info] Ocean 10:38
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    [Info] The Pathway 06:25
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    [Info] Diary for One at Night 21:58
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    [Info] Continuous 22:34
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    [Info] Grassy Hills, The Sun (1983) 16:16
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    [Info] Whole Grain 09:48
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Stories Before Within

by Jason Kao Hwang/EDGE

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Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet/flugelhorn Andrew Drury - drum set Ken Filiano - string bass Jason Kao Hwang - composer/violin/viola

Released in 2007

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EDGE

by Jason Kao Hwang

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Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet/flugelhorn Andrew Drury - drum set Ken Filiano - string bass Jason Kao Hwang - composer/violin

Released in 2005

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    [Info] No Myth 12:32
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    Threads 09:49
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