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Jason Kao Hwang New Release With Karl Berger + Upcoming Live Appearances

Jason Kao Hwang New Release With Karl Berger + Upcoming Live Appearances

Hwang – Crescendo

Now Available on Bandcamp!

Karl Berger (composer/piano/vibraphone) is a six-time winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist, recipient of numerous Composition Awards, including commissions by the NEA, NYSCA, the Rockefeller Foundation, and many European radio and television stations. He recorded and performed internationally with Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, John McLaughlin, Gunther Schuller, the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Ingrid Sertso, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Ray Anderson, Carlos Ward, Pharoah Sanders, Blood Ulmer, Hozan Yamamoto and many others. Founder and director of the Creative Music Foundation, Inc., and creative leader of the Creative Music Studio, Karl’s recordings and arrangements appear on the Atlantic, Axiom, Black Saint, Blue Note, Capitol, CBS, Columbia Double Moon, and many others.

The music of Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin/viola) explores the vibrations and language of his existence through compositions of transformative journeys.  He currently leads the octet Burning Bridge, quintet Sing House, and the Critical Response and Human Rites trios. In 2019, 2013 and 2012 the El Intruso Jazz Critics Poll voted him Violinist of the Year. The 2012 DownBeat Critics’ Poll voted Mr. Hwang as Rising Star for Violin.  As composer, Mr. Hwang has received support from Chamber Music America, US Artists International, and the NEA. As violinist, he has worked with William Parker, Tomeka Reid, Pauline Oliveros, Anthony Braxton, Butch Morris, Oliver Lake, Henry Threadgill, Reggie Workman, Ivo Perlman, Patrick Brennan, and many others.

BLOOD is on the ballot for
the Grammy Awards in multiple categories.

For your consideration:
Best Jazz Instrumental 
Best Contemporary Instrumental
Best World Music
Best Liner Notes

Burning Bridge:  Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn), Andrew Drury (drumset), Ken Filiano (string bass), Joesph Daley (tuba), Sun Li (pipa), Wang Guowei (erhu), Steve Swell (trombone)

Blood isn't an unscripted free jazz recording but rather an uncompromising, five-act creation comprised of twenty-eight scenes. Still, however through-composed it is, the set plays like an emergent force of nature with a will of its own…Hwang draws on the liberating spirit of jazz whilst also grounding the performances in defined structures.  – Ron Schepper, Textura.com

The enormity of emotions, the multiplicity of ecstasy and the almost ecstatic parts of individual instruments, make the album "Blood" an exciting and captivating experience of each of the recipients open to new experiences. … "Blood" is not only a fascinating clash of Asian folklore with the free jazz formula, but also a unique show of virtuosity of each musician and an example of an ideal artistic correlation.  Robert Ratajczak, longplayrecenzje.blo

Read all the reviews of Blood.
Purchase Blood at Bandcamp.

My full discography is available at Bandcamp

Jason Kao Hwang/Critical Response
Jason Kao Hwang – composer/violin/viola/electronics
Michael T.A.Thompson – drum set
Anders Nilsson – electric guitar/electronics

Thursday, 9/26, 7pm
Augusta Savage Gallery
University of Massachusetts
180 Infirmary Way
Amherst, MA
7pm  Patricia Spears Jones
8pm  Critical Response

Sunday, 9/29, 8pm
Jason Kao Hwang/Sing House

Jason Kao Hwang – composer/violin/viola
Andrew Drury – drum set
Ken Filiano – string bass
Chris Forbes – piano
Kalun Leung – trombone

Jazz Habitat
El Barrio's Art Space
215 East 99th Street
New York City, New York

7pm set:  David Leon (alto sax), Sonya Belaya (piano), Florian Herzog (bass), Stephen Boegehold (drums)

Read all the Sing House reviews

Friday, 9/27, 8 pm
Saturday, 9/28, 8 pm

Yoshiko Chuma
Secret Journey to Tipping Utopia

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York City, NY

Yoshiko Chuma's The School of Hard Knocks
Jason Kao Hwang, Violinist/Violist
Emily Bartsch, Dancer
Elizabeth Kresch, Painter of the Portraits
Miriam Parker, Dancer
Dan Kuan Peeples, Actor
Emily Marie Pope, Dancer
Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, Dancer
Chisa Takahashi, Makeup Artist
Dane Terry, Pianist
Devin Brahja Waldman, Saxophonist
Zaybra, Dancer


Trombonist/composer Steve Swell led us in an exciting recording session! Loved playing with Andrew Cyrille, Fred Longberg-Holme, Ariel Bart and Rober Poston. Look out for this CD!


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