Jason Kao Hwang
The music of Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin/viola) explores the vibrations and language of his history. His compositions are often narrative landscapes through which sonic beings embark upon extemporaneous, transformational journeys. His most recent releases, Conjure, a duo with Karl Berger, and Blood, performed by Burning Bridge, his octet of Chinese and Western instruments, have received critical acclaim. In 2020, and many years before, the El Intruso International Critics Poll voted for him as no. 1 for violin/viola. In addition to his instrumental mastery, Hwang has been recognized for his compositional originality. His chamber opera The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown was one of the top ten opera recordings of 2005 by Opera News, and he has released a series of albums with extended works for various ensembles, some of them premiered at Edgefest. As a composer, Mr. Hwang has received support from Chamber Music America, NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, and other organizations. As a violinist, he has worked with William Parker, Anthony Braxton, Butch Morris, Reggie Workman, Pauline Oliveros, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomeka Reid, Patrick Brennan, Will Connell, Jr., Zen Matsuura, Oliver Lake, Adam Rudolph, Jerome Cooper, and others.