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


My thanks to Downbeat Magazine's 2018 International Critics poll for voting for me. I wish to share this recognition with all the musicians I have played with, especially in my bands.  We make music together!

Grateful that Sing House was named one of the Best CDs of 2017 by Downbeat Magazine.


Now available at BandCamp!

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

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.

Host Trudy Leong of WZRD/Chicago has been playing VOICE regularly for the past 6 months.  Big thanks to Trudy Leong and Kate Smith!  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. 

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


Jason Kao Hwang/Critical Response

Happy Lucky No. 1, 734 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn

Jason Kao Hwang - electric violin/viola Anders Nilsson - electric guitar Michael T. A. Thompson - drum set

Sounds of origin radically evolve through rhythm and over time to affirm compassion within neo-technological consciousness


Patrick Brennan Transparency Kestra

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

patrick brennan - alto saxophone; Haruna Fukazawa - flute & piccolo; Patrick Holmes - clarinet; Josh Sinton - bass clarinet; Eli Asher, Brian Groder, Thomas Heberer, Ryan Messina, Aaron Shraage - trumpet; Westbrook Johnson - trombone; Leonor Falcon, Jason Kao Hwang, Annemarie Wiesner - violin; Stephanie Griffin - viola; Jerome Harris, Akira Ishiguru, David Sidman, Harvey Valdes - guitar; Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, Ken Filiano, Hilliard Greene - bass viol; Jerome Harris - acoustic bass guitar; Rod Williams - piano; Brian Adler, Carter Bales, Andrew Drury, Lloyd Haber, Hollis Headrick, Colin Hinton, Sam Parsons, Warren Smith - percussion (exact personnel varies by performance)


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.)


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


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


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