I am grateful beyond words!  Through the generous donations of 91 people, this gofundme campaign raised $6320 by the March 1st deadline.  This exceeded our goal of $6000 to pay for the musicians of Burning Bridge, rehearsal studio rentals and transportation costs to record my composition, Blood.  The additional funds will be applied to the CD mastering. Though the campaign is officially over, I am leaving the GoFundMe site for donations to help with the CD mastering and production costs.  Burning Bridge GoFundMe Campaign.  

The recording sessions took place March 11 and 12 at Kaleidoscope Sound in Union City, NJ.  I am thrilled with our performance!  So blessed to be working with outstanding musicians.  Thanks Joseph Daley(tuba), Andrew Drury (drum set), Ken Filiano (string bass) Steve Swell (trombone), Sun Li (pipa), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn) and Wang Guowei (erhu)!

Left to Right:  Joseph Daley(tuba), Andrew Drury (drum set), Ken Fliano (string bass), Jason Kao Hwang (violin),                                                                                     Steve Swell (trombone), Sun Li (pipa), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn) and Wang Guowei (erhu)

Our deepest thanks to:  Mimi Hwang, Kaikay Hwang, Scott D. Miller, Tom Swafford, Luis Torregrosa, Philip Perret, Nancy Meli Walker, Ed Hazell, Joseph Daley, Leila Kronenberger, Melyssa Clibbon, Larry Blood, Eric Salazar, Jamie Baum, Carol Kraus, Lynne McVeigh, Ron Alden, Kyoko Kitamura,Wilfred Loh, Taiyo Ebato, Taylor Ho Bynum, Fred Eurich, Rob Miller, Suzanne Lam, Robert & Donna Iannapollo, Douglas Cohen, Peter Pohly, Peter Schulz, Marc Andren, Tom Kohn, Mark Chung, Peter Marter, Han-earl Park, Albey Jane, Kaoru Watanabe, Masaki Yamagata, David Sewelson, Peter Kuhn, Midori Licht, Ken Irwin, Chris McIntyre, Jeff Song, James Keepnews, Dinah Kierstead , Piotr Michalowski, Patrick Frisco, Laura Chen-Schultz, Brenda Vincent, Jean Chiang, Jean Tsien, Dan Edes, Eric Chen, Kathleen Schwallie, Miguel Vidal, Pei Lee, Phil Jones, Michael Resil, William Parker, Florence Barrau-Adams, Diane Moser, Lars Bjorn, Patrick Grant, Stephen Schmidt, David Simons, Robert Sutherland-Cohen, Pauli Hallman, Bill Mazza, Elizabeth Panzer, Alexander Walton, Kenneth Lam, Gregg Miller, Ramsey Ameen, Bill McConaghy, Michael McNeill, Akira Abe, Michelle Kinney, Abby London-Crawford, Geoffrey Lee, Ben Stapp, Patrick Brennan and Anonymous Donors.

Best wishes

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

Oct28

Edgefest presents Jason Kao Hwang/Burning Bridge

Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan

Jason Kao Hwang/Burning Bridge

World Premiere: blood

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

blood meditates upon the emotional traumas of war retained within the body as unspoken vibrations that reverberate throughout communities and across generations. Through blood the violence of deeply held memories are not relived but transposed into our sound and liberated into song. blood in our sound rises within our voice to protest and defy humanity’s constant state of war. blood regenerates to entrain an infinite spectrum of waves into wholeness and strength.

One evening, while driving down an unlit highway, my headlights flashed upon the bleeding carcass of a deer. My heart rate thundered and air abandoned my lungs with explosive force as I swerved away, narrowly avoiding a collision. This experience made me reflect upon my mother’s harrowing experiences in World War II in China. She was in a pharmacy that was bombed by the Japanese. Knocked unconscious, she awoke as the lone survivor surrounded by the dead. I also thought about the musicians who fought in Viet Nam, like Billy Bang and Butch Morris. The magnitude of shock and sorrow that they endured is unimaginable.

Extreme danger triggers a “fight or flight” response, powerful, diametrically opposed forces. This intense conflict can produce an immobility response, which can penetrate and remain within the body as emotional trauma. Similarly, when a bomb explodes, there is blast wave outward that leaves a near vacuum in its wake, which is filled by an equally deadly blast wind in the opposite direction. Within an explosion, blood was created.

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.