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. 

You can learn more and make a contribution at:  Burning Bridge GoFundMe Campaign.  

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 Thank you!

Jason KaoHwang

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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

Jun12

Vison Festival 21: Patrician Nicholson's Breath and Stone

Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York City, NY

Patricia Nicholson - dance, words; David Mills - poetry; Yoshiko Chuma, Djassi DaCosta Johnson - dance; ​Jason Kao Hwang - violin, viola; Michael TA Thompson - drums. Appear later: Mike Reed's Flesh and Bone, James Brandon Lewis Trio, 3 Sopranos and per, and Kidd Jordan Ensemble

Jun11

Vision Festival 21: Wadada Leo Smith Viola Quartet + Electronics, 'Pacifica'

Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York City, NY

Jason Kao Hwang, Stephanie Griffin, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Gwen Lester - viola, Hardedge - electronics, Wadado Leo Smith - trumpet. The evening starts at 7pm. Also appearing: Wadada Leo Smith(trumpet), Miriam Parker (dance), Joe Wood Brown (installation); Hamiet Bluiett Quartet; and David Mills (poet)

May7

Chicago String Summit: Jason Kao Hwang/Amygdala

Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago, Illinois

My trio Amygdala features Rami Seo (gayageum), Michael Wimberly (djembe/perc) and myself (composer/violin/viola). Also playing this night: Violinist James Sanders's Proyecto Libre and Zach Broch's Triptych.

May6

Chicago String Summit (w/Tomeka Reid Stringtet)

The Constellation, The Constellation at 3111 N. Western Ave. , Chicago, Illinois

I will play viola in composer/cellist Tomeka Reid. The band: Mazz Swift, Peter Maunu (violins), Silivia Bolognesi (string bass), and Mikel Patrick Avery (drums). ALSO PERFORMING: Okyung Lee (solo cello) and the trio of Peggy(cello) Lee, Aram Bajakian (electric guitar) and JP Carter (trumpet/electronics)

May3

WKCR broadcast of VOICE with interviews of Jason Kao Hwang, Tom Buckner, Deanna Relyea, Piotr Michalowski, Yuko Otomo, Steve Dalachinsky

WKCR Radio (89.9 FM)

WKCR host Mert Ussakli will play the entirety of my new CD VOICE. The show was recorded last week. We had an interesting discussion with the poets, singers and musicians.

Jan17

Rova's Electric Ascension

Le Poisson Rouge, 155 Bleeker Street, NYC, NY

Rova Sax Quartet Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, John Raskin, Bruce Ackley with Charles Burnham - violin/electronics Gerald Cleaver - drums Nels Cline - guitar Trevor Dunn - bass Jason Kao Hwang - violin/electronics Ikue Mori - electronics Zeena Parkins - string harp/electronics Nate Wooley - trumpet

Jan16

Arts in Context, A Forum

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, 107 Suffolk Street, 2nd floor (corner of Rivington), NYC, NY

We will talk about the presentation of music within the context of politics, culture and aesthetics.

Fay Victor (singer/composer), Raymond Nat Turner (poet) , James Brandon Lewis(saxophone/composer), Jason Kao Hwang (violin/composer), Hamid Drake (drummer/composer), Patricia Nicholson Parker(dancer/choreographer/producer), and Lee Mixashawn Rozie (saxophone/composer)