Jason Kao Hwang/Burning Bridge GoFundMe
My name is Jason Kao Hwang. I am the jazz violinist, composer and leader of Burning Bridge, an octet of Chinese and Western instruments founded in 2009.
I am raising $6000 by March 1 to pay for the musicians of Burning Bridge, rehearsal studio rentals, and transportation expenses to record my composition, Blood. This is non-commercial music that can only be produced with your help. Your support will allow us to record this Spring. The CD would be released in the fall of 2018.
The composition Blood, which utilizes improvisation and written score, 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. Blood in our sound rises within our voice to protest and defy humanity’s constant state of war. Blood is liberated into our song. Blood regenerates and flows into wholeness and strength.
I have worked with most of the players for over a dozen years. Our long history together contributes mightily to the music. Our first CD, Burning Bridge (2012, Innova) was chosen as one of the Best Jazz Recordings of 2012 by Kevin Whitehead (NPR, Fresh Air); Ed Hazell (Jazziz), Robert Iannapollo (NYC Jazz Record), Steve Koenig (Acoustic Levitation), Giuseppe Segala (All About Jazz, Italy) and Lloyd Sachs (JazzTimes).
Blood premiered at the Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI) in 2016, and was also performed at the 2017 Vision Festival (NYC). The music and the band is ready to record!
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Jason Kao Hwang