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If We Live in Forgetfulness, We Die in a Dreama String Quartet Composed by Jason Kao Hwang

If We Live in Forgetfulness, We Die in a Dreama String Quartet Composed by Jason Kao Hwang

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If We Live in Forgetfulness, We Die in a Dream
a string quartet composed by Jason Kao Hwang

Performed by the Momenta String Quartet
Emile-Anne Gendron, Alex Shiozaki – violins
Stephanie Griffin – viola
Michael Haas -cello

Momenta Festival V: American Voices
Friday, October 18, 7pm
Terri Cultural Institute
43a West 13th St., NYC
Free admission, no reservation required, general seating

Curated by Michael Haas

If We Live in Forgetfulness, We Die in a Dream

The title, Thich Nhat Hanh’s quotation of an ancient Zen master, resonates with the fundamental progression of this music.  The vibrant birth of each sound inevitably decays into silence, a perpetual continuum of life and death that our mercurial consciousness struggles with.  This existence, the flow of music, contends with dreams, aspirations, forgetfulness, anger and love in a wordless language that moves incessantly between metaphor, prayer and song.  The voices within the string quartet unite and diverge within the internal complexity of each simple moment, as both essence and image.   This totality occurs faster and with more subtlety than human perception. With faith, we listen and we travel through one life time knowing that “If we live in forgetfulness, we die in a dream. – Jason Kao Hwang, 2011

I am thrilled that the virtuosic Momenta String Quartet will perform my composition that they premiered in 2011. – Jason Kao Hwang

Read more about this outstanding string quartet here.  Check out the entire Momenta Festival schedule.

Program for the Evening:
Manena Contreras: Instantes
Alyssa Weinberg: Still Life for clarinet and string quartet (NYC PREMIERE
Jason Kao Hwang: If We Live Forgetfulness, We Die in a Dream

Christopher Stark: Seasonal Music (WORLD PREMIERE


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Wonderfully spontaneous unpredictable creativity Karl Berger-Jason Kao Hwang – CONJURE:  The magic is with these two on their all-original wonderfully spontaneous and unpredictable recording (to be released 1 October, 2019)… Karl’s piano/vibes and Jason’s violin/viola will summon spirits from your inner depths and take you on a journey like you’ve never been on before. Rotcod Zzaj, Contemporary Fusion Reviews 
Listening to Hwang coax amazing sounds by plucking his strings on “Vanishing Roots” or Berger’s unpredictable piano chords and vibraphone notes may be unlike anything you’ve heard from a duo.  – Jim Hines, makingascene.org

Together, these two talented instrumentalists color outside the lines with an audacity and freedom that startles the senses. Dee Dee McNeil, jazz journalist, musicalmemoris.wordpress.com

Conjure was one of the top ten streams on the Play MPE charts last week.




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