Listen as professional jazz musicians, graduate students studying jazz, and music educators jam together. This month features special guest, composer/violinist Jason Kao Hwang. He has created works ranging from jazz, "new" and world music. He recently released his octet CD, Burning Bridge (Innova), commissioned by Chamber Music America/ New Jazz Works, featuring Chinese and Western instruments. In 2011, he released Symphony of Souls (Mulatta), performed by his string orchestra Spontaneous River, and Crossroads Unseen (Eunonymus), the third CD of his quartet EDGE. The 2012 Downbeats Critics' Poll voted him "Rising Star for Violin." In 2011, EDGE toured Poland and the critics' poll of El Intruso voted him #1 for Violin/Viola. In 2010, the NYC Jazz Record selected Commitment, The Complete Recordings, 1981-1983, from a collective quartet that was Mr. Hwang's first band, as one of the "Reissued Recordings of the Year." Mr. Hwang's opera, The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown was named one of the "Top Ten Opera Recordings of 2005" by Opera News. Mr. Hwang has received support from US Artists International, Meet the Composer, the NEA, and others. As violinist, Mr. Hwang has worked with Reggie Workman, Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill and many others.
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