Jason Kao Hwang (composer, violin/viola), has created works ranging from jazz, “new” and world music. Recently he was the co-composer/violinist for Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of The White Snake, presented by Baltimore Center Stage. He also released the CD Sing House, his quintet that performed in the Vision Festival (NYC), and VOICE, which features several ensembles with East Village poetry. His trio Human Rites recently performed at Manchester College and his octet Burning Bridge at the Vision Festival. In 2015, his symphony The Challenge: Tiananmen Square, commissioned by the Multicultural Music Group premiered at Lehman College. In 2014 the New York Historical Society commissioned Mr. Hwang to create music and sound design for their exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion. this is now in the permanent exhibit of the Chinese Historical Society of America (San Francisco). Zilzal, his duets with Ayman Fanous (guitar/bouzouki) was named one of the Top CDs of 2014 by All About Jazz/ Italy, and was voted into the second round of the Grammy Awards. In 2013 and 2012 the El Intruso Jazz Critics Poll voted him #1 for Violin. The 2012 Downbeat Critics’ Poll voted him “Rising Star for Violin.” Burning Bridge, his octet of Chinese and Western instruments, commissioned by Chamber Music America, was chosen as one of the top CDs of 2012 by numerous publications, including Jazziz and the Jazz Times, and was featured on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. Burning Bridge has performed at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle (Canada), Edgefest (MI), Vision Festival (NYC), Chicago World Music Festival, Bop Shop (Rochester, NY) and the Freer Gallery (Washington, D.C.). El Intruso chose Mr. Hwang’s Symphony of Souls by Spontaneous River, his improvising string orchestra, as one of the Top CDs of 2011. Symphony of Souls was performed at the Edgefest, Vision Festival, Living Theater (NYC) and Brecht Forum (NYC). In 2011, he composed If We Live in Forgetfulness, We Die in a Dream, premiered by the Momenta Quartet at the Museum of Chinese in America. His quartet EDGE toured Poland, with concerts in Posnan, Katowice, and Krakow. They have also performed at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Discover Jazz Festival (VT), Edgefest, Vision Festival, An die Musik (Baltimore), Transparent Productions (Washington, D.C.), Brooklyn College (NY) and many other venues. EDGE released three critically acclaimed CDS, EDGE (2006, Asian Improv), Stories Before Within (2008, Innova), and Crossroads Unseen (2011, Innova). In 2010, the New York Jazz Record selected Commitment, The Complete Recordings, 1981-1983 (NoBusiness), from a collective quartet that was Mr. Hwang’s first band, as one the “2010 Reissued Recordings of the Year.” In 2005, New World Records released Mr. Hwang’s chamber opera The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown. It was named one of the “Top Ten Opera Recordings of 2005” by Opera News. Mr. Hwang’s long-standing ensemble, The Far East Side Band (1990-2004), which featured taiko, kayagum, tuba and his violin, released two CDs, Urban Archaeology (1996, Victo) and Caverns (1994, New World). Mr. Hwang has received support from Chamber Music America, US Artists International, Meet the Composer/New Residencies, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, New York Community Trust, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Greenwall Foundation, U.S Embassy in Poland, American Music Center, and the Puffin Foundation. As violinist, Mr. Hwang has worked with Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Karl Berger, Steve Swell, William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Michelle Kinney, Tomeka Reid, Oliver Lake, Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, Will Connell, Jr., Zen Matsuura, Andrew Drury, Steve Swell, Patrick Brennan, Billy Bang, Vladamir Tarasov, Sirone, Jerome Cooper, Jeff Hoyer, Dr. Makanda Ken MacIntyre, and many others. Jason Kao Hwang has been artist–in-residence at the University of Southern Connecticut, Music From China, Museum of Chinese in America, and Asia Society. Mr. Hwang has lectured at Westminster, Brooklyn, and Queens College. Mr. Hwang taught Asian American Music, a course he originated for the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. He was a teaching artist for Meet the Composer and Young Audiences New York, creating cross-curricular methods to teach composition, improvisation, and self-empowerment. Mr. Hwang currently teaches Sound Image in New York University’s Undergraduate Department of Film and Television.